Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Money given as a tip, gratuity, or bribe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sweetness or mildness of manner; kindness; gentleness.
  • noun A conciliatory offering; a present or gift; a reward; a bribe.
  • noun A kind or agreeable remark; a compliment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Gentleness and sweetness of manner; agreeableness.
  • noun A gift for service done or to be done; an honorarium; a present; sometimes, a bribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Gentleness and sweetness of manner; agreeableness.
  • noun A gift for service done or to be done; an honorarium; a present; sometimes, a bribe.

Etymologies

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

[French, from Late Latin dulcor, sweetness, from Latin dulcis, sweet.]

Examples

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  • "Furthermore, at shocking cost in douceurs to the Dutch, he set a band of brilliant Chinese carpenters to work, changing the ordinary carronade-slides to those with an inclined plane to absorb much of the recoil."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 97

    March 6, 2008

  • According to OED douceur entered English from French late in the 14th century, so that it appears not to have been taken in earlier from Norman French.

    December 12, 2011

  • Still, it doesn't quite have the ring that cumshaw has, does it?

    December 12, 2011

  • In Hollywood's view it's a douceur:

    A starlet, to please a producer,

    Will offer her charms

    To elderly arms

    And spare him the work to seduce her.

    December 27, 2015