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

  • adj. Pleasing to the ear; melodious.
  • adj. Having a soothing, agreeable quality.
  • adj. Archaic Sweet to the taste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sweet, especially when describing voice or tones; melodious.
  • adj. Generally pleasing; agreeable.
  • adj. Sweet to the taste.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sweet to the taste; luscious.
  • adj. Sweet to the ear; melodious; harmonious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sweet to the sense, especially of taste; luscious; exquisite; also, melodious; harmonious.
  • Agreeable to the mind.
  • n. The sweetbread.

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

  • adj. pleasing to the ear
  • adj. extremely pleasant in a gentle way


Alteration (influenced by Latin dulcis) of Middle English doucet, from Old French, diminutive of douce, feminine of doux, sweet, from Latin dulcis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dulcis ("sweet, pleasant"). (Wiktionary)



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