Meaning of Box and Cox in English:

Box and Cox

Pronunciation /ˌbɒks (ə)n ˈkɒks/


British often as modifier
  • Used to refer to an arrangement whereby people make use of the same accommodation or facilities at different times, according to a strict arrangement.

    ‘a Box and Cox arrangement’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the White House reverted to its policy of the two senior figures playing Box and Cox.’
    • ‘When the response variable does not follow a normal distribution, it is sometimes possible to use the methods of Box and Cox to find a transformation that improves the fit.’
    • ‘With Box and Cox, the printer and the hatter, we have two such zeros, each present and absent to the other at one and the same time.’


The title of a play (1847) by J. M. Morton, in which two characters, John Box and James Cox, unknowingly become tenants of the same room.