Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a gentle and sweet manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Softly; sweetly; with soft, smooth, and delicate execution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, sweet: an instruction to the performer that the music is to be executed softly and sweetly.
  • n. A soft-toned organ-stop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. gently and sweetly

Etymologies

From Italian, sweet, from Latin dulcis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I am tired of the phrase dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing, but what better way is there to describe that day?

    The Italian Summer

  • The meaning of Johannes Brahms '"p dolce" is the center of the mystery and both characters, the handsome Kristian and the plain Frederica, are desperate to learn the secret.

    REVIEW: Fast Forward 1 edited by Lou Anders

  • The type of Gorgonzola required is the creamy, almost runny, cheese called dolce, not the drier sharper variety.

    How To Cook Italian

  • It’s a salad I’ve been making for years, but this year, I made it a little better by using gorgonzola dolce, which is aged for less time than regular gorgonzola cheese, making it milder and softer; it goes especially well with pears.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • As city preps new design guidelines, which Cap Hill buildings do you love, hate? tidbitbistro: ... and by the the way, in Italian the word 'dolce' is used for both 'dessert' and sweet. bneck: No. 11 UW plays No. 6 Marquette at 4: 20 on Thurs in first of the March Madness games.

    CHS Capitol Hill Seattle capitolhillseattle.com

  • What is more, Italy's history of lax economic management has come to be associated in Germany with a cultural stereotype: Of profligate Mediterraneans who are more interested in leading la dolce vita than in gathering their nuts for winter.

    Italy's Draghi Aims to Ease German Doubt

  • I realised something was happening three years ago when a beach kiosk from further down the sands floated past us in a storm, said Paolo Moscia, a lifeguard at the nudist section at Capocotta, which has drawn a mixture of gay bathers, ministers, musicians and hip film directors since Allen Ginsberg hung out there in the 1950s, and wild high-society drug parties gave birth to la dolce vita.

    Italy's elite are dismayed by vanishing beaches

  • This dolce vita was, as Starr makes clear, a democratic one: the ranch houses with their sliding glass doors and orange trees in the backyard might have been more sprawling in La Cañada and Orinda than they were in the working-class suburbs of Lakewood and Hayward, but family and social life in nearly all of them centered on the patio, the barbecue, and the swimming pool.

    California Dreamers

  • This historic bar, with liveried waiters serving Campari to a well-dressed clientele, may be the most elegantly "dolce vita" of Rome's watering holes.

    Finding Fellini

  • Here and in the dense network of alleys west of Piazza Navona, restaurants, wine bars, cocktail spots and nightclubs keep a new dolce vita alive much to the chagrin of residents.

    Finding Fellini

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