sweet

adjective
\ ˈswēt How to pronounce sweet (audio) \

Definition of sweet

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 approvalhow 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 intensivetake your own sweet time
sweet on
: having a crush on

sweet

adverb

Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 4)

: in a sweet manner

sweet

noun

Definition of sweet (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Sweet

biographical name
\ ˈswēt How to pronounce Sweet (audio) \

Definition of Sweet (Entry 4 of 4)

Henry 1845–1912 English phonetician

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Other Words from sweet

Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For some of us, the next day’s turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are the best part of the meal. Washington Post, "Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into waffles, sandwiches and casseroles," 26 Nov. 2020 There’s one non-negotiable ingredient on Deah Berry Mitchell’s holiday table every year — sweet potatoes. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "Dallas Black food historian shares her family recipe for candied bourbon sweet potatoes," 26 Nov. 2020 Guests ate sweet potatoes, cabbage, macaroni along with pie while listening to a Christmas quartet. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "Thanksgiving looks different on L.A.'s skid row this year," 25 Nov. 2020 Aside from sweet potatoes naturally being rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients, the flaky, crumbly crust just adds something special to it. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "What is Texans' favorite pie?," 25 Nov. 2020 Endomorphs don’t have to — and probably shouldn’t — cut out carbs completely: Attard says vegetables, sweet potatoes, oats, berries, and legumes are all smart carbohydrate options. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Endomorph Diet? Health Experts Explain Everything You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 2020 The Soul Roll is a leftover Thanksgiving delight compiled of sweet potatoes, ham, greens, and mac and cheese fried in a wonton. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Whoops. You cooked too much for your small Thanksgiving. What to do with the leftovers," 24 Nov. 2020 Don't be afraid to explore the possibilities of sweet potatoes this year. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Ready for Thanksgiving 2020? Make sure you do these 8 things before Thursday," 24 Nov. 2020 Their sons, Cheyney, 28, and Quinlan, 25, boil pounds of sweet potatoes to make the pies. Kim Severson, New York Times, "They Welcomed Dozens for Thanksgiving. Now What?," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cafe twists the sweets into cones and loops covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Food Network show 'Man V. Food' will spotlight 3 Arizona restaurants. Here's when to watch," 16 May 2020 There's further evidence that kids’ taste buds are more sensitive to bitter-tasting foods, further pushing them to reach for the sweets. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Why Does Sugar Taste So Good?," 6 Feb. 2020 Cheese and yogurt show up daily to weekly, in moderate portions; chicken and eggs are okay on occasion, but the use of other meats and sweets is very limited. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 Its decorations were mainly candles and small presents, which were often homemade food and sweets. Anne Lawrence-mathers, Quartz, "Reinvention of Christmas decorations is a historical tradition," 24 Dec. 2019 Many who participated in the auctions didn't want the sweets for themselves and asked Rutz to donate them to health care facilities. NBC News, "Biden says Trump should order flags be flown at half-staff," 2 May 2020 Today's pandemic is not the first time Girl Scouts went above and beyond the sweets to give back to communities in need. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "America's Girl Scouts have been impacting the world for generations. Now they're helping those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 For the first time, the bitter herbs, the Easter hams, the iftar sweets will be set on empty tables. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "WHO chief to racist insults: ‘I don’t give a damn’," 10 Apr. 2020 Smitten Kitchen blogged about the sweets a year later. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "These 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Are the Latest Viral Recipe — and They're Really Good," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sweet

Adjective

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

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sweet

Adjective

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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Time Traveler for sweet

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The first known use of sweet was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sweet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for sweet

sweet

adjective
How to pronounce Sweet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sweet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing a lot of sugar
: very gentle, kind, or friendly
chiefly British : very pretty or cute

sweet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a food that contains a lot of sugar : a sweet food
British : a piece of candy
British : a sweet food served at the end of a meal

sweet

adjective
\ 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

sweet

noun

Kids Definition of sweet (Entry 2 of 2)

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

sweet

adjective
\ 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

sweet

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

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