Definition of colour box in English:

colour box

(US color box)


  • 1A box containing a colour or colours; specifically a portable box for holding an artist's paints, brushes, etc., a paint box.

  • 2Manufacturing Technology. A box from which printing rollers in a machine pick up coloured ink or pigment. Now historical.

  • 3A large box containing an arrangement of prisms and mirrors, devised by Clerk Maxwell for combining the colours of the spectrum in any required proportion. Now historical.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Arts Companion. From colour + box.


colour box

/ˈkʌlə bɒks/