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: sweet and sour at the same time
sour-sweet molasses
especially : pleasant but with an acid overtone
a sour-sweet smile


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: something that is sour-sweet

Word History



translation of Middle French aigre-doux

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“Sour-sweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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