Definitions

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  • adj. Sweet, nice, pleasant.
  • adj. Serious and quiet; steady, not flighty or casual; sober.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sweet; pleasant.
  • adj. Sober; prudent; sedate; modest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sweet; pleasant; luxurious.
  • Sober; sedate; gentle; not light or frivolous; prudent; modest.

Etymologies

From Old French dolz, dous, Middle French doux, douce, from Latin dulcis ("sweet"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is a gentle youth in the very best sense of the term, and as we gather -- not from anything he says of himself, but from the general tenor -- by no means a "wild gallant"; affectionate, respectful to his parents, altogether "douce," and, indeed, rather (to start with) like Lord Glenvarloch in _The Fortunes of

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • The Sabbath was as strictly kept, and the young people were as strictly taught and catechised and looked after in Scottish fashion as of old, and they bade fair to grow up as cautious and as "douce," and as much attached to old ways and customs as if they had been brought up on the other side of the sea, quite beyond the reach of Yankee innovations and free-and-easy colonial ways.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness

  • But even the most "douce" and cautious amongst them were without the stiffness and strength of the old-time prejudice, and the young people of the different sections of the township, brought together in the many pleasant ways that are open to young people in country places, no longer kept apart as their fathers had done.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness

  • Parisian gaiety, which some French historian of the siege calls douce philosophie, lingering on him still, he said, audibly, turning round to any stranger who heard: "Happiest of mortals that we are!

    The Parisians — Complete

  • - With a feminine sing noun, the adj “doux” becomes “douce”.

    stagiaire - French Word-A-Day

  • My female friends do take part in exercise classes, but most favor gym douce —activity so gentle that you might not even feel the need to shower afterward.

    The Serious Art of Gentle Exercise

  • Best Grossing Films of 1980 best movies 1963, cleopatra, films 1963, how the west was won, irma la douce, movies 1963, theater 1963, tom jones, Trivia

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  • Tu es toute douce comme tes trois gateaux, Kristin!

    gateau - French Word-A-Day

  • Sir Malcolm, who normally has the douce tones of a Scottish advocate, was winding himself up.

    Sir Gus O'Donnell pleases all parties on Lockerbie bomber | Simon Hoggart's sketch

  • The problem with the wires is that most douce bags can't even use a bridge correctly.

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  • (adj., Yorkshire dialect) "pleasant, gentle", from OF dous, douce - "sweet".

    August 8, 2009