(do͞o-sûr′, -sœr′)
Money given as a tip, gratuity, or bribe.

[French, from Late Latin dulcor, sweetness, from Latin dulcis, sweet.]
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(duːˈsɜː; French dusœr)
1. (Commerce) a gratuity, tip, or bribe
2. sweetness
[C17: from French, from Late Latin dulcor, from Latin dulcis sweet]
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1. a gratuity; tip.
2. a conciliatory gift or bribe.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: sweetness < Late Latin dulcor < Latin dulcis sweet. See -eur]
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[duːˈsɜːʳ] N (frm) (= gift, tip etc) → gratificación f
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References in classic literature ?
The impertinence of these kind of scrutinies, moreover, was generally concluded with a compliment, which though meant as its douceur, was considered by Marianne as the greatest impertinence of all; for after undergoing an examination into the value and make of her gown, the colour of her shoes, and the arrangement of her hair, she was almost sure of being told that upon "her word she looked vastly smart, and she dared to say she would make a great many conquests."
Joseph Assemat-Tessandier's suggestion--that it is one of two paintings Louis Jean Francois Lagrenee made for the Earl of Shelburne, exhibited at the Salon of 1775 as La Candeur and La Douceur, and hitherto believed lost--is rejected but should perhaps be retained.
Issu d'une famille pauvre, il relate un quotidien a la fois difficile mais empreint de la douceur d'une mere et d'inoubliables amities juveniles.
Cette annee encore, sous la douceur des crepuscules, apres des journees torrides du climat continental, le festival national de Dekka et des rythmes refait surface sur la splendide place d'Assarag qui remonte dans l'antiquite.
To fully enjoy the autumn douceur de vivre on the French Riviera, the hotel offers Autumn Escape - Third Night Free.
The Aroneo line consists of the Douceur, Equilibre, Fraicheur and Intense toast options that provide different flavor characteristics.
Bempechat asserts that the songs were dedicated to Duparc, but "Douceur du soir" is the only song naming Duparc specifically as dedicatee.
I hope it brings you its loving spirit, its elegance, its douceur de vivre.
Dedicating the film to the memory of her own father, German writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck has adapted from a novel called La Douceur Assassine (Sweetness Murders).