Definition of sweet in English:

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Pronunciation: /swiːt
 
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adjective

1Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey; not salt, sour, or bitter: a cup of hot sweet tea
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  • They all exhibit sour, salty, sweet, and bitter tastes or can be any combination of the four.
  • Human taste buds react to four tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
  • Some people taking the drug simply complain that food has lost its taste, but others report a strongly metallic bitter or sweet taste.
Synonyms
sugary, sweetened, saccharine;
sugared, honeyed, candied, glacé;
syrupy, treacly, sickly, cloying
1.1(Of air, water, or food) fresh, pure, and untainted: lungfuls of the clean, sweet air
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  • She enjoyed the shade that the rustling green canopy gave herself and her boyfriend as they sat together, breathing the fresh and sweet air.
  • There breathes in the face a sweet air of the purest grace, with the hair gathered simply, and all the lineaments are formed to beauty and to modesty.
  • Fresh, sweet air breezed past Shana's head, her fawn-colored hair streaming behind her in the gust.
Synonyms
pure, wholesome, fresh, uncontaminated, clean, clear, not sour, not rotten
1.2 [often in combination] Smelling pleasant like flowers or perfume; fragrant: a bunch of sweet-scented flowers
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  • I took in a deep breath and smelled the flowers' sweet fragrance.
  • Never again would she see her mom's sparkling blue eyes when Lillie told her one of her lame jokes, or smell the sweet fragranced perfume her mother always wore.
  • Up closer he could smell the sweet scent of her perfume, he only just realised too how incredibly beautiful she was.
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1.3(Of sound) melodious or harmonious: the sweet notes of the flute
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  • Ears still stand up, but for the sweet sounds of the silver lining in the music they make together.
  • To walk across fields and meadows in early summer and no longer see a speck in the sky and hear a sweet trill like song and crescendo of melodic notes from the skylark.
  • The sweet sounds of Bach echoed in a seemingly empty loft.
Synonyms
1.4chiefly US Denoting music, especially jazz, played at a steady tempo without improvisation.
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  • Eastwood After Hours is a disc filled with passionate music, a lot of fun and some sweet, sweet jazz music.
  • The music picked up the tempo and overhead a saxophone played sweet jazz.
  • On ‘Feel Free’ Peter Nelson waxes spiritual over a sweet reggae beat.
2Pleasing in general; delightful: it was the sweet life he had always craved
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  • It's a sweet deal for General Motors, which snags 2% of world market share for a pittance.
  • Though her sense of swing is evolving, Bode's unpretentious delivery, easy phrasing and sweet demeanor is delightful.
  • The anger brought the sweet delight from avenging one's own hurt feelings ‘he deserves worse’.
Synonyms
pleasant, pleasing, agreeable, delightful, nice, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's liking, entertaining, charming, inviting, attractive, fine
informal lovely, great
2.1Highly satisfying or gratifying: some sweet, short-lived revenge
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  • The influence of punk is quite sweet and gratifying.
  • Derry Rovers Youths gained sweet revenge over rivals Spink Celtic in this Shield match played in the Ben Mulhall Park on Sunday, April 7.
  • They are tales of brutal death and sweet revenge, savage slayings and cryptic final words - stories that lift the coffin lid on Yorkshire's grisly past.
2.2 [often as exclamation] informal Used in expressions of assent or approval: Yeah, I’d like to come to the party. Sweet
2.3Working, moving, or done smoothly or easily: the sweet handling of this motorcycle
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  • Performance and drivability are enhanced by a sweet clutch/gearbox combination, giving smooth changes.
  • I've personally been a revolver man in my later years and I adapt very easily to the LDA's sweet and light action.
3(Of a person or action) pleasant and kind or thoughtful: a very sweet nurse came along it was sweet of you to come
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  • But you better not cross her, because even though she's mostly sweet and nice and very pretty, she's not afraid to write a song about you if she has to.
  • I always thought that you were sweet and nice, and you were always there for me.
  • Alyssa had known Valerie for a couple of months then and thought Valerie was a sweet person.
Synonyms
likeable, appealing, engaging, amiable, pleasant, agreeable, genial, friendly, nice, good-natured, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, thoughtful, considerate;
Italian & Spanishsimpatico
dated taking
3.1Charming and endearing: a sweet little cat
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  • It's a rather sweet and endearing little premise, one which the folks behind this film are hoping that coveted tween market might enjoy.
  • Haden has an endearing and sweet voice and Frisell's guitar is just as elegant and persuasive.
  • Once again, he blew everyone away with his sweet voice and endearing songs about love and loss.
Synonyms
cute, lovable, adorable, endearing, charming, attractive, dear
informal adorbs
3.3 archaic Used as a respectful form of address: go to thy rest, sweet sir
4 (sweet on) informal , dated Infatuated or in love with: she seemed quite sweet on him
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  • He's unfailingly calm and polite around Claire, and we get the sense throughout this episode that Ethan is sweet on her.
  • It's Polly and Robert; they're sweet on each other, as if you couldn't guess.
  • I don't think that their sound engineer noticed that I'm a little bit sweet on him.
Synonyms
fond of, taken with, attracted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, in love with, enamoured of, infatuated with, love-struck by, keen on, devoted to, smitten with, head over heels in love with
informal gone on, mad about, struck on, daft about, into, bowled over by, swept off one's feet by
North American informal twitterpated by
5Used for emphasis in various phrases and exclamations: What had happened? Sweet nothing
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  • There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, ‘the sweet presence of a good diffused’.
  • In fact, I'd like to think that, were the incident to recur today, I would politely shove him to the ground, dole out a few sweet phrases, and send him packing.

noun

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1British A small shaped piece of confectionery made with sugar: a bag of sweets
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  • Halvais have produced as many variations on their themes as European confectioners have on boiled sugar sweets.
  • Casey James Confectionery Store has sold sweets and candies on St Mary's Street, off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, since 1954.
  • Another point to stress is that they do not seem to have candies or sweets for children: sugar is in short supply and regarded
Synonyms
piece of confectionery, chocolate, bonbon, fondant, toffee;
North American candy
informal sweetie
2British A sweet dish forming a course of a meal; a pudding or dessert.
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  • Pudding was rose - flavoured chum chum sweetmeats, lachedar rabri, a milk sweet, and tila kulfi - Indian ice cream on a stick, delivered by cart.
  • A number of desserts and sweets have a national presence, principally a group of milk desserts of the flan or caramel custard family.
  • Faced with multiple sweets and puddings, I simply reclined and used the best of the divan.
Synonyms
dessert, pudding, sweet course, second course, last course
British informal afters, pud
3Used as an affectionate form of address: hello, my sweet
Synonyms
dear, darling, dearest, dear one, love, sweetheart, beloved, honey, pet, treasure, angel
4 (the sweet) archaic or literary The sweet part or element of something: you have had the bitter, now comes the sweet
4.1 (sweets) The pleasures or delights found in something: the sweets of office
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  • Or is this repertoire of sweets a taste of things to come for the Indian team?

Origin

Old English swēte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoet, German süss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suavis and Greek hēdus.

Phrases

keep someone sweet

informal Keep someone well disposed towards oneself, especially by favours or bribery.
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  • Based on his track record Dyke has every chance of winning the ratings war, keeping Middle England sweet and protecting the licence fee.
  • Tax on alcohol and cigarettes unchanged to try and keep us sweet.
  • I can understand Ellis not wanting people to harass WB over it, he probably wants to keep them sweet in case any of his other work get the opportunity to jumpstart a tv show.

in one's own sweet time (or way)

When (or how) one wants to, regardless of the possible inconvenience caused to others.
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  • The upshot is that both Quark and Adobe know they can move platforms in their own sweet time.
  • Surely, it is better to let the dead lie and allow memories to fester in their own sweet time?
  • Go to hell, we will get to you in our own sweet time.

she's sweet

Australian /NZ informal All is well.

sweet dreams

Used to express good wishes to a person going to bed.
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  • The girls complied, and Nicole peeked into the living room to wish her mother sweet dreams before going to bed.
  • After so many years Julie had gotten used to putting herself to bed, but that never changed the fact that she wished someone would be there to tuck her in, and wish her sweet dreams.
  • Amy smiled, wished him sweet dreams, and walked into her room.

sweet sixteen

Sixteen regarded as the characteristic age of prettiness and innocence in a girl.
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  • It only happens once in a lifetime to enjoy a girl's sweet sixteen.
  • All these years later Im absolutely proud of my sweet sixteen, who has trooped around the world with dad, three continents, five states, and a hundred sad goodbyes.
  • The participants range from pre-teen to sweet sixteen.

Derivatives

sweetish

adjective
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  • It was a big salad, served with sweetish bread - although my lovely companion complained of an over-abundance of melon slices, this wasn't a problem for me.
  • The best-known dressing-up dish is kimchee, vegetables pickled in sweetish but mostly hot red chili paste touched with garlic and ginger.
  • Lieb is sweetish, low in acidity and suited to drinking without food but at best it is a well-constructed and very commercial wine that appeals to the uninitiated wine drinker.

sweetly

adverb
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  • He made a business enterprise out of them during the winter and hopes that things will go just as sweetly on the field of play this summer.
  • In fact, it is deeply, sweetly reassuring; a relaxed, civil way to spend a Saturday morning.
  • Our first goal was a sweetly struck shot by Pádraig Sullivan that gave the keeper no chance.

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