chiefly Scotland
: sober, sedate
the douce faces of the mournersL. J. A. Bell
doucely adverb chiefly Scotland

Word History


Middle English, sweet, pleasant, from Anglo-French, from feminine of duz, douz, from Latin dulcis sweet — more at dulcet

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of douce was in 1721

Dictionary Entries Near douce

Cite this Entry

“Douce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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