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

  • adjective Having the taste of sugar or a substance containing or resembling sugar, as honey or saccharin.
  • adjective Containing or derived from sugar.
  • adjective Retaining some natural sugar; not dry.
  • adjective Pleasing to the senses; agreeable.
  • adjective Pleasing to the mind or feelings; gratifying.
  • adjective Having a pleasing disposition; lovable.
  • adjective Kind; gracious.
  • adjective Fragrant; perfumed.
  • adjective Not saline or salted.
  • adjective Not spoiled, sour, or decaying; fresh.
  • adjective Free of acid or acidity.
  • adjective Low in sulfur content.
  • adjective Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature.
  • adjective Remarkable; outstanding.
  • adjective Used as an intensive.
  • adverb In a sweet manner; sweetly.
  • noun Sweet taste or quality; sweetness.
  • noun Something sweet to the taste.
  • noun Foods, such as candy, pastries, puddings, or preserves, that are high in sugar content.
  • noun Informal Sweet potatoes.
  • noun A sweet dish, such as pudding, served as dessert.
  • noun A sweetmeat or confection.
  • noun A dear or beloved person.
  • noun Something pleasing to the mind or feelings.
  • idiom (sweet on) Enamored of; in love with.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sweetly; in a sweet manner; so as to be sweet.
  • In mech., smooth; done without appearance of effort; easy; well-lubricated: as, a sweet run; a sweet cut.
  • In mining, free from deleterious gases.
  • To make sweet; sweeten.
  • Pleasing to the taste; having a pleasant taste or flavor like that of sugar or honey; also, having a fresh, natural taste, as distinguished from a taste that is stale, sour, or rancid.
  • Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; perfumed.
  • Pleasing to the ear; making agreeable music; musical; soft; melodious; harmonious: as, a sweet singer; a sweet song.
  • Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; attractive; charming.
  • Pleasing, agreeable, grateful, or soothing to the mind or emotional nature; exciting pleasant or agreeable feelings; charming; delightful; attractive; hence, dearly loved; precious.
  • Gracious; kind; amiable: as, sweet manners: formerly often used as a term of complimentary address: as. sweet sir.
  • Free from sour or otherwise excessive taste.
  • Fresh; not salt or salted.
  • Being in a sound or wholesome state; not sour or spoiled; not putrescent or putrid: as, sweet meat.
  • In archery, of a bow, soft in flexure and recoil. See the last quotation under sweetness.
  • Synonyms Luscious, sugary, honeyed.
  • Redolent, balmy.
  • Dulcet.
  • Engaging, winning, lovely.
  • Lovable.
  • noun The quality of being sweet; sweetness.


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

[Middle English swete, from Old English swēte; see swād- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Via Middle English swete, sweete, from Old English swēte, from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂d-. Compare West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød.


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  • 'How sad and bad and mad it was, but then, how it was sweet.' -Robert Browning

    February 20, 2008

  • "13. Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature." --AHD

    November 21, 2011

  • 13. Not very jazz-like, if improvisation in melody and meter are benchmarks.

    November 21, 2011

  • 13. I know, right? I'd like to hear music that doesn't "adhere" to a time signature.*

    *actually, I probably wouldn't. :-p

    November 21, 2011

  • sweet like a sugar :)

    May 27, 2012

  • yeah youre right

    June 3, 2012