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sweet

adjective \ ˈswēt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of sweet

1 a (1) : pleasing to the taste
(2) : being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is typically induced by disaccharides and is mediated especially by receptors in taste buds at the front of the tongue — compare bitter, salt, sour
b (1) of a beverage : containing a sweetening ingredient : not dry
(2) of wine : retaining a portion of natural sugar
2 a : pleasing to the mind or feelings : agreeable, gratifying often used as a generalized term of approval
  • how sweet it is
b : marked by gentle good humor or kindliness
  • a sweet disposition
c : fragrant
  • a sweet aroma
d (1) : delicately pleasing to the ear or eye
  • a sweet melody
(2) : played in a straightforward melodic style
  • sweet jazz
f : very good or appealing
  • a sweet job offer
  • a sweet sports car
3 : much loved : dear
4 a : not sour, rancid, decaying, or stale : wholesome
  • sweet milk
b : not salt or salted : fresh
  • sweet water
  • sweet butter
c : free from excessive acidity used especially of soil
d : free from noxious gases and odors
e : free from excess of acid, sulfur, or corrosive salts
  • sweet crude oil
5 : skillful, proficient
  • a sweet golf swing
6 used as an intensive
  • take your own sweet time

sweetly

adverb

sweetness

noun
sweet on
: having a crush on

Examples of sweet in a Sentence

  1. She likes her coffee sweet.

  2. That candy is too sweet.

  3. He's a really sweet guy.

  4. She has a sweet smile.

  5. It was sweet of her to take care of them.

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Origin and Etymology of sweet

Middle English swete, from Old English swēte; akin to Old High German suozi sweet, Latin suadēre to urge, suavis sweet, Greek hēdys


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sweet

adverb

Definition of sweet

: in a sweet manner

First Known Use of sweet

13th century


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sweet

noun

Definition of sweet

1 : something that is sweet to the taste: such as
a : a food (such as a candy or preserve) having a high sugar content
  • fill up on sweets
b British : dessert
c British : hard candy
2 : a sweet taste sensation
3 : a pleasant or gratifying experience, possession, or state
5 a archaic : fragrance
b sweets plural, archaic : things having a sweet smell

Examples of sweet in a Sentence

  1. I'm trying to cut down on sweets.

  2. remember to brush your teeth after eating sweets

Recent Examples of sweet from the Web

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First Known Use of sweet

14th century

sweet Synonyms

Synonyms
confection, sweetmeat
Related Words
confectionary, confectionery, sweeties [British]; afters [British], candy, dessert, entremets, pastry

Sweet

biographical name \ ˈswēt \

Definition of Sweet

Henry 1845–1912 English phonetician


SWEET Defined for English Language Learners

sweet

adjective

Definition of sweet for English Language Learners

  • : containing a lot of sugar

  • : very gentle, kind, or friendly

  • : very pretty or cute


sweet

noun

Definition of sweet for English Language Learners

  • : a food that contains a lot of sugar : a sweet food

  • : a piece of candy

  • : a sweet food served at the end of a meal


SWEET Defined for Kids

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sweet

adjective \ ˈswēt \

Definition of sweet for Students

sweeter; sweetest
1 : containing or tasting of sugar
  • sweet muffins
2 : having a pleasant sound, smell, or appearance
  • a sweet fragrance
  • sweet voices
3 : very gentle, kind, or friendly
  • a sweet personality
  • It was sweet of you to remember.
4 : pleasing to the mind or feelings : agreeable
  • sweet memories
5 : much loved : dear
  • my sweet child
6 : agreeable to oneself but not to others
  • You took your sweet time!
7 : not sour, stale, or spoiled
  • sweet milk
8 : not salt or salted
  • sweet butter
9 : having a mild taste : not sharp
  • sweet peppers

sweetly

adverb

sweetness

noun
sweet on
: in love with

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sweet

noun

Definition of sweet for Students

1 : something (as candy) that contains or tastes of sugar
2 : 1darling 1, dear

Medical Dictionary

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sweet

adjective \ ˈswēt \

medical Definition of sweet

: being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is typically induced by disaccharides and is mediated especially by receptors in taste buds at the front of the tongue — compare bitter, salt 2, sour

sweetness

noun

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sweet

noun

medical Definition of sweet

1 : something that is sweet to the taste; especially : a food (as a candy or preserve) having a high sugar content
  • don't fill up on sweets
2 : a sweet taste sensation


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