Definition of dulcet
- dulcet tones
- a dulcet smile
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the dulcet tones of her voice
although she flashed a dulcet smile, she was secretly seething with resentment
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
agreeable, blessed (also blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, welcome;
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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