chocolate-box

chocolate-box
\\ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ adjective
of a painting : superficially pretty or sentimental

his fiancée wanted him to paint her, and always in a chocolate-box pose — L.S.Gannett

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/chaw"keuh lit boks', chok"euh-, chawk"lit-, chok"-/, adj.
excessively decorative and sentimental, as the pictures or designs on some boxes of chocolate candy; prettified: decorous, chocolate-box paintings of Victorian garden parties.
[1900-05]

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chocˈolate-box adjective
(esp of a picture or painting) pretty or charming in a stereotypical or sentimental manner
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Main Entry:chocolate

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chocolate-box UK US adjective only before noun british
very attractive in a way that seems artificial and not very interesting

a chocolate-box cottage

Thesaurus: words used to describe attractive people or thingssynonym beautiful

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adj, always used before a noun
Brit informal : pretty in a way that seems too perfect to be true or real

a chocolate-box house

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ˈchocolate-box [chocolate-box] adjective only before noun (BrE)
(especially of places) very pretty, but in a way that does not seem real

a chocolate-box village


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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