Definition of bittersweet in English:


Syllabification: bit·ter·sweet
Pronunciation: /ˈbidərˌswēt


1(Of food, drink, or flavor) sweet with a bitter aftertaste.
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  • This slightly bitter-sweet drink is good for moisturizing your throat to relieve tickles and coughing, it also alleviates constipation.
  • We purchased some things there (including some of those bitter-sweet cola worms that sell all over the place in NZ) and headed back towards Brooklyn on the subway.
  • The berries add flavour to many foods and drinks besides gin - their bitter-sweet taste goes particularly well with stronger meats and game.
1.1Arousing pleasure tinged with sadness or pain: the room, with all its bittersweet memories
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  • The businessman said: ‘This is a bitter-sweet victory for us as I gain no pleasure from what I see as a complete waste of council-tax payers' money.’
  • Despite the bitter-sweet memories, the win remains the greatest moment in the central European country's sporting history and is still, 50 years on, a source of intense pride for Hungarians of all ages.
  • They even visit Canterbury on their way, but the tales they tell (mostly to us, not each other) are the bitter-sweet flashbacks of memory, not episodes of instructive fiction.


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1 another term for woody nightshade (see nightshade).
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  • The name bittersweet seems to come more from the taste of the bark/twigs (bitter…then a bit acrid…then sweetish).
  • The Delaware, Iroquois, Micmac, and Nootka Indians used bittersweet as a poultice to treat arthritis, skin ailments, digestive complaints, and tumors.
  • The purple berries of the pokeweed and the red berries of the European bittersweet, or nightshade, are common offenders.
2 (also climbing bittersweet) A vinelike climbing plant that bears clusters of bright orange pods.
  • Genus Celastrus, family Celastraceae: several species, in particular C. scandens
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  • His poems on crocus, bittersweet, sycamore, sassafras and the like are celebrations of the natural world.
  • Climbing bittersweet is a twisting, woody vine that climbs rope-like on trees.
  • American bittersweet is valued for its glossy green summer foliage followed by orange and red fruits and seeds, and several landscape cultivars are commercially marketed.

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