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SWEET

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Sweet mean? 

SWEET (noun)
  The noun SWEET has 5 senses:

1. English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)
2. a dish served as the last course of a meal
3. a food rich in sugar
4. the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
5. the property of tasting as if it contains sugar

  Familiarity information: SWEET used as a noun is common.


SWEET (adjective)
  The adjective SWEET has 10 senses:

1. having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
2. having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub
3. pleasing to the ear
4. pleasing to the senses
5. pleasing to the mind or feeling
6. having a natural fragrance
7. (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content
8. not containing or composed of salt water
9. not soured or preserved
10. with sweetening added

  Familiarity information: SWEET used as an adjective is familiar.


SWEET (adverb)
  The adverb SWEET has 1 sense:

1. in an affectionate or loving manner ('sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of 'sweetly')

  Familiarity information: SWEET used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWEET (noun)


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Meaning:

English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Henry Sweet; Sweet

Instance hypernyms:

phonetician (a specialist in phonetics)


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Meaning:

A dish served as the last course of a meal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

dessert; afters; sweet

Hypernyms ("sweet" is a kind of...):

course (part of a meal served at one time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sweet"):

mousse (a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream)

peach melba (ice cream and peaches with a liqueur)

whip (a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit)

pudding (any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed)

sillabub; syllabub (sweetened cream beaten with wine or liquor)

tiramisu (an Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked with coffee and brandy or liqueur layered with mascarpone cheese and topped with grated chocolate)

trifle (sponge cake spread with jam and soaked in wine; served with a custard sauce)

junket (dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet)

frozen dessert (any of various desserts prepared by freezing)

flan (open pastry filled with fruit or custard)

dumpling (dessert made by baking fruit wrapped in pastry)

compote; fruit compote (dessert of stewed or baked fruit)

charlotte (a mold lined with cake or crumbs and filled with fruit or whipped cream or custard)

blancmange (sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded)

baked Alaska (cake covered with ice cream and meringue browned quickly in an oven)

ambrosia (fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut)

sabayon; zabaglione (light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled)


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Meaning:

A food rich in sugar

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

confection; sweet

Hypernyms ("sweet" is a kind of...):

dainty; delicacy; goody; kickshaw; treat (something considered choice to eat)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sweet"):

nonpareil (colored beads of sugar used as a topping on e.g. candies and cookies)

maraschino; maraschino cherry (cherry preserved in true or imitation maraschino liqueur)

comfit (candy containing a fruit or nut)

center; centre (the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering)

candied apple; candy apple; caramel apple; taffy apple; toffee apple (an apple that is covered with a candy-like substance (usually caramelized sugar))

chewing gum; gum (a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing)

hardbake (a British sweet made with molasses and butter and almonds)

candy; confect (a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts)

sweetmeat (a sweetened delicacy (as a preserve or pastry))

confiture (preserved or candied fruit)

confectionery (candy and other sweets considered collectively)


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Meaning:

The taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

sugariness; sweetness; sweet

Hypernyms ("sweet" is a kind of...):

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)


Sense 5sweet [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of tasting as if it contains sugar

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sweetness; sweet

Hypernyms ("sweet" is a kind of...):

taste property (a property appreciated via the sense of taste)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sweet"):

saccharinity (the excessive sweetness of saccharin)

sugariness (the sweetness of sugar)


SWEET (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar

Similar:

sweetish (somewhat sweet)

cloying; saccharine; syrupy; treacly (overly sweet)

Also:

sweet ((used of wines) having a high residual sugar content)

sugary (containing sugar)

tasty (pleasing to the sense of taste)

Antonym:

sour (having a sharp biting taste)


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Meaning:

Having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub

Synonyms:

cherubic; sweet; seraphic; angelical; angelic

Context examples:

an angelic smile / a cherubic face / looking so seraphic when he slept / a sweet disposition

Similar:

lovable; loveable (having characteristics that attract love or affection)


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Meaning:

Pleasing to the ear

Synonyms:

mellifluous; mellisonant; dulcet; honeyed; sweet

Context example:

the dulcet tones of the cello

Similar:

melodic; melodious; musical (containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody)


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Meaning:

Pleasing to the senses

Context examples:

the sweet song of the lark / the sweet face of a child

Similar:

pleasing (giving pleasure and satisfaction)


Sense 5sweet [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pleasing to the mind or feeling

Synonyms:

gratifying; sweet

Context example:

sweet revenge

Similar:

pleasing (giving pleasure and satisfaction)


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Meaning:

Having a natural fragrance

Synonyms:

sweet-smelling; sweet-scented; perfumed; odorous; scented; odoriferous; sweet

Context examples:

odoriferous spices / the odorous air of the orchard / the perfumed air of June / scented flowers

Similar:

fragrant (pleasant-smelling)


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Meaning:

(used of wines) having a high residual sugar content

Context example:

sweet dessert wines

Also:

sugary (containing sugar)

sweet (having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar)

Antonym:

dry ((of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation)


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Meaning:

Not containing or composed of salt water

Synonyms:

fresh; sweet

Context example:

fresh water


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Meaning:

Not soured or preserved

Synonyms:

unfermented; sweet; fresh

Context example:

sweet milk

Similar:

unsoured (not having turned bad)


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Meaning:

With sweetening added

Synonyms:

sweetened; sweet-flavored; sugared; sweet

Similar:

sugary (containing sugar)


SWEET (adverb)


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Meaning:

In an affectionate or loving manner ('sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of 'sweetly')

Synonyms:

sweet; sweetly

Context examples:

Susan Hayward plays the wife sharply and sweetly / how sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank / talking sweet to each other

Domain category:

poesy; poetry; verse (literature in metrical form)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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