[ chaw-kuh-lit-boks, chok-uh-, chawk-lit-, chok- ]
/ ˈtʃɔ kə lɪtˌbɒks, ˈtʃɒk ə-, ˈtʃɔk lɪt-, ˈtʃɒk- /


excessively decorative and sentimental, as the pictures or designs on some boxes of chocolate candy; prettified: decorous, chocolate-box paintings of Victorian garden parties.

Origin of chocolate-box

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chocolate-box

  • Not strictly beautiful, perhaps; but then I don't like the chocolate-box sort of woman.

  • No, mark you, he'd take jolly good care that his sentimentality didn't make him see her as a chocolate-box picture!

  • My romance was not in the things of glitter and chocolate-box gaiety, but rather in the dolours and silences of the East.

    Nights in London|Thomas Burke
  • Like that, like that, at any rate, she no longer looked like the picture on a chocolate-box.

British Dictionary definitions for chocolate-box



(modifier) informal sentimentally pretty or appealing
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