\ ˈswēt How to pronounce sweet (audio) \

Definition of sweet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : being, inducing, or marked by the one of the five basic taste sensations that is usually pleasing to the taste and typically induced by sugars (as sucrose or glucose) — compare bitter entry 1 sense 1a, salty entry 1 sense 1b, sour entry 1 sense 1, umami entry 2
b(1) of a beverage : containing a sweetening ingredient : not dry
(2) of wine : retaining a portion of natural sugar
2a : 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
4a : 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
sweet on
: having a crush on



Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a sweet manner



Definition of sweet (Entry 3 of 3)

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 : the pleasant taste sensation typically produced by sugars (such as sucrose or glucose) — compare bitter entry 2 sense 1b, salty entry 2, sour entry 2 sense 1b, umami entry 1
3 : a pleasant or gratifying experience, possession, or state
5a archaic : fragrance
b sweets plural, archaic : things having a sweet smell

Other Words from sweet


sweetly adverb
sweetness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sweet

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of sweet in a Sentence

Adjective She likes her coffee sweet. That candy is too sweet. He's a really sweet guy. She has a sweet smile. It was sweet of her to take care of them. Noun I'm trying to cut down on sweets. remember to brush your teeth after eating sweets See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It’s also goofy, sweet, and hopeful in a way that may make budding cynics roll their eyes but touched the heart of this aging one. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 This short-and-sweet verse doesn't need much explaining. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 10 June 2022 Cake isn’t the only sweet where this ingredient shines. Shri Repp, Bon Appétit, 8 June 2022 Every product in this trio incorporates naturally healing ingredients such as copaíba oil – which also has a wonderfully woody-sweet fragrance – to ensure a comfortable, nick-free shave. Katie Chang, Forbes, 7 June 2022 And that makes the whole affair that much more sweet than sour. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 The just-sweet-enough golden buns have a cult following in Pennsylvania, where Martin’s Famous Bakery Shoppe was founded in 1955. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 2 June 2022 Joe was a sweet, kind, and funny partner at Hondo HEB 424. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2022 Unfortunately, before their defeat, these creatures viciously maul Bob, the ever-so-sweet man who Joyce Byers was dating (and the manager of the local Radioshack). Evan Romano, Men's Health, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb As the Moon in your 7th House of Partnerships trines sweet-talking Venus in your 3rd House of Discussion, telling your story could convince other people who have a stake in the situation to help you. Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 African American Sports and Entertainment Group spend the past year sweet-talking the WNBA about putting a new team in Oakland? Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shop serves 20 flavors of the nostalgic sweet that's popular throughout Mexico, especially when scooped using the iconic stainless steel scoop that shapes the Thrifty into a cylinder. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 The sweet of the seafood and the salt from the bouquet achieve balance with a vinaigrette made with yuzu kosho, the hot-tart Japanese condiment. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Johnson will debut a new sweet at the Ferry Building location: a pie filled with the same vanilla custard. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 Watch while sipping pumpkin cocktails, and get a free sweet on Halloween. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Dry slices of clementine in a low oven and dip in chocolate for a homemade sweet that beats out super sugary Halloween candy. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2021 In the back, drop off your clothes for mending or hemming (or buy a D.I.Y. repair kit), and in the front, buy a coffee and some jalebi, an Indian sweet. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 This is a very traditional Lebanese sweet made for celebrations around holidays. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2020 The Pavlova Wreath, pg. 222, will be a surprising and simple way to produce the most beautiful sweet of the season. Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sweet


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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More Definitions for sweet


\ ˈswēt How to pronounce sweet (audio) \
sweeter; sweetest

Kids Definition of sweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
sweet on
: in love with

Other Words from sweet

sweetly adverb
sweetness noun



Kids Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something (as candy) that contains or tastes of sugar


\ ˈswēt How to pronounce sweet (audio) \

Medical Definition of sweet

 (Entry 1 of 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 entry 2 sense 2, sour entry 1

Other Words from sweet

sweetness noun



Medical Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Sweet biographical name

\ ˈswēt How to pronounce Sweet (audio) \

Definition of Sweet

Henry 1845–1912 English phonetician

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