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adj. sweet·er, sweet·est
1. Having the taste of sugar or a substance containing or resembling sugar, as honey or saccharin.
a. Containing or derived from sugar.
b. Retaining some natural sugar; not dry: a sweet wine.
a. Pleasing to the senses; agreeable: the sweet song of the lark; a sweet face.
b. Pleasing to the mind or feelings; gratifying: sweet revenge.
4. Having a pleasing disposition; lovable: a sweet child.
5. Kind; gracious: It was sweet of him to help out.
6. Fragrant; perfumed: a sweet scent.
7. Not saline or salted: sweet water; sweet butter.
8. Not spoiled, sour, or decaying; fresh: sweet milk.
9. Free of acid or acidity: sweet soil.
10. Low in sulfur content: sweet fuel oil.
11. Music Of, relating to, or being a form of jazz characterized by adherence to a melodic line and to a time signature.
12. Slang
a. Remarkable; outstanding.
b. Used as an intensive: took his own sweet time to finish; earns a sweet million per year.
In a sweet manner; sweetly.
1. Sweet taste or quality; sweetness.
2. Something sweet to the taste.
3. sweets
a. Foods, such as candy, pastries, puddings, or preserves, that are high in sugar content.
b. Informal Sweet potatoes: candied sweets.
4. Chiefly British
a. A sweet dish, such as pudding, served as dessert.
b. A sweetmeat or confection.
5. A dear or beloved person.
6. Something pleasing to the mind or feelings.
sweet on Informal
Enamored of; in love with.

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

sweet′ly adv.
sweet′ness n.
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  1. Sweet as a chaplain —Elizabeth Hardwick

    ’Sweet’ as a comparison dates way back probably beginning with Chaucer’s “Sweet as the root of licorice” and Henry Buttes’ “Sweet as a nut.” Variations continue to develop, or, to coin another simile, “Grow like the taste for sweet things.”

  2. Sweet as a first love affair —Isak Dinesen
  3. (My tongue was) sweet as a fresh plum —George Garrett
  4. Sweet as a kiss —Isak Dinesen
  5. Sweet as a mountain lilac —Raymond Chandler
  6. Sweet as apple cider —Eddie Cantor

    This simile was immortalized by singer-vaudevillian Eddie Cantor in his musical ode to his wife Ida: “Ida … sweet as apple cidah!”

  7. (The words) sweet as a reprieve —Delmore Schwartz
  8. (We bit into life and life was) sweet as a ripe apple —George Garrett
  9. Sweet as cream —Marge Piercy
  10. Sweet as love, or the remembrance of a generous deed —William Wordsworth
  11. Sweet as love songs —Slogan, Kerr butterscotch candy
  12. Sweet as melancholy —Robert Burton
  13. Sweet as new-mown hay —W. S. Gilbert
  14. Sweet as pie —Anon

    The “Sweet as pie” continues in use, both in its literal sense and to describe someone’s personality.

  15. (Kisses as) sweet as sweet mountain dew —Langston Hughes
  16. Sweet as the hope of Paradise —F. van Wyck Mason
  17. Sweeter than honey from a rock —Christina Rossetti
  18. Sweeter than perfume —William Shakespeare
  19. Sweet like pineapple —Marge Piercy
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sweetness - the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
2.sweetness - the property of tasting as if it contains sugar
taste property - a property appreciated via the sense of taste
saccharinity - the excessive sweetness of saccharin
sugariness - the sweetness of sugar
3.sweetness - a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
aroma, odor, olfactory property, odour, smell, scent - any property detected by the olfactory system
4.sweetness - the quality of giving pleasure; "he was charmed by the sweetness of her manner"; "the pleasantness of a cool breeze on a hot summer day"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
agreeableness, amenity - pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions; "a well trained staff saw to the agreeableness of our accommodations"; "he discovered the amenities of reading at an early age"
enjoyableness - pleasantness resulting from something that can be enjoyed; "the enjoyableness of an afternoon at the beach"
niceness - the quality of nice
disagreeableness - the quality of being disagreeable and unpleasant
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sætleiki; elskulegheit


[ˈswiːtnɪs] N
1. [of food] → sabor m dulce, dulzor m
2. (fig) [of smell] → fragancia f, buen olor m; [of sound] → suavidad f; [of person, character] → dulzura f; [of appearance] → encanto m; (= kindness) → simpatía f
now all is sweetness and lightreina ahora la más perfecta armonía
he was all sweetness and light yesterdayayer estuvo la mar de amable
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈswiːtnəs] n
[food, drink, taste] → goût m sucré
[person, nature, smile] → douceur fsweet nothings nplmots mpl doux
to whisper sweet nothings in sb's ear → susurrer des mots doux à l'oreille de qnsweet pea npois m de senteursweet pepper npoivron msweet potato npatate f doucesweet-scented sweet-smelling [ˌswiːtˈsmɛlɪŋ] adjqui sent bon, odorant(e)sweet shop sweetshop [ˈswiːtʃɒp] n (British)confiserie fsweet talk nflagorneries fplsweet-talk [ˈswiːttɔːk] vtflagornersweet tooth n
to have a sweet tooth → avoir un faible pour les sucreriessweet trolley n (British)chariot m des desserts
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


n (lit)Süßigkeit f, → Süße f; (fig)Süße f; (of smile, nature)Liebenswürdigkeit f; (of person)liebe Art; (= freshness, of food, water) → Frische f; (of air, breath)Reinheit f, → Frische f; now all is sweetness and light (usu iro)nun herrscht eitel Freude und Sonnenschein
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈswiːtnɪs] n (gen) → dolcezza; (of taste) → sapore m dolce; (of breath) → freschezza
now all is sweetness and light → adesso tutti sono felici e contenti
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(swiːt) adjective
1. tasting like sugar; not sour, salty or bitter. as sweet as honey; Children eat too many sweet foods.
2. tasting fresh and pleasant. young, sweet vegetables.
3. (of smells) pleasant or fragrant. the sweet smell of flowers.
4. (of sounds) agreeable or delightful to hear. the sweet song of the nightingale.
5. attractive or charming. What a sweet little baby!; a sweet face/smile; You look sweet in that dress.
6. kindly and agreeable. She's a sweet girl; The child has a sweet nature.
1. (American ˈcandy) a small piece of sweet food eg chocolate, toffee etc. a packet of sweets; Have a sweet.
2. (a dish or course of) sweet food near or at the end of a meal; (a) pudding or dessert. The waiter served the sweet.
3. dear; darling. Hallo, my sweet!
ˈsweeten verb
to make or become sweet or sweeter. Did you sweeten (= put sugar in) my tea?
ˈsweetener noun
something that sweetens, eg a substance used for sweetening food. Saccharin is an artificial sweetener, often used instead of sugar.
ˈsweetly adverb
in an attractive, charming, agreeable or kindly manner. She sang/smiled very sweetly.
ˈsweetness noun
ˈsweetheart noun
1. a boyfriend or girlfriend.
2. used as an endearment for any beloved person, eg a child. Goodbye, sweetheart!
sweet potato
(the edible tuber of) a tropical twining plant.
sweet-ˈsmelling adjective
sweet-smelling flowers.
sweet-ˈtempered adjective
kind and friendly.
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References in classic literature ?
It was full of a proud young mother's accounts of "baby" -- her cleverness, her brightness, her thousand sweetnesses.
"Sweet, but not cloying, and there are a couple of sweetnesses going on," said Phil Simpson.