dul·​cet | \ ˈdəl-sət How to pronounce dulcet (audio) \

Definition of dulcet

1 : sweet to the taste
2 : pleasing to the ear dulcet tones
3 : generally pleasing or agreeable a dulcet smile

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Other Words from dulcet

dulcetly adverb

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Dulcet has many linguistic ancestors, including the Latin dulcis, Anglo-French douz, and Middle English "doucet," all meaning "sweet." The dulcet "dulcis" has contributed many other sweet terms to English as well. Among these are the musical direction "dolce" ("to be played sweetly, softly"), "dulciana" (a pipe organ stop), "dolcian" (a small bassoon-like instrument used in the 16th and 17th centuries), and "dulcimer" (an American folk instrument). On a similar note, the word dulcify means "to make sweet," and the adjective "doux," derived from "douz," is used in wine circles to describe champagne that is sweet.

Examples of dulcet in a Sentence

the dulcet tones of her voice although she flashed a dulcet smile, she was secretly seething with resentment

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But inside and down a few stairs, there is faint, dulcet chanting piped through speakers. Written By Kaya Laterman; Photographs By Mark Abramson, New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Hare Krishna Reckoning," 22 Dec. 2017 The dulcet tones of Kylie Jenner's secret album made with input from Kanye and Tyga? Sarah Lindig, Cosmopolitan, "Well This Was Bound to Happen: Kylie Jenner Is Reportedly Working on a Secret Album," 12 June 2015

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First Known Use of dulcet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dulcet

Middle English doucet, from Anglo-French, from duz, douz sweet, from Latin dulcis; perhaps akin to Greek glykys sweet

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English Language Learners Definition of dulcet

formal : pleasant to hear

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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