chocolate-box

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Etymology[edit]

From the artwork seen on boxes of chocolates.

Adjective[edit]

chocolate-box (comparative more chocolate-box, superlative most chocolate-box)

  1. (derogatory) Having a twee picturesqueness.
    • 1961, Lawrence Hanson, Elisabeth M Lawrence, Impressionism: golden decade‎
      He painted a chocolate-box picture for the Salon, entered it, was admitted.
    • 1982, Sterling M McMurrin, The Tanner lectures on human values‎
      The impressionists showed us something about the world, Cezanne something different, a chocolate-box painting nothing.