dulcet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dulcet pleasing to the ear "the dulcet tones of the cello"
    • adj dulcet extremely pleasant in a gentle way "the most dulcet swimming on the most beautiful and remote beaches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dulcet Sweet to the ear; melodious; harmonious. "Their dainty lays and dulcet melody."
    • Dulcet Sweet to the taste; luscious. "She tempers dulcet creams."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dulcet Sweet to the sense, especially of taste; luscious; exquisite; also, melodious; harmonious.
    • dulcet Agreeable to the mind.
    • n dulcet The sweetbread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dulcet duls′et sweet to the taste, or to the ear: melodious, harmonious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. doucet, dim. of dous, sweet, F. doux, L. dulcis,; akin to Gr. . Cf. Doucet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. doucet, dim. of dols (Fr. doux)—L. dulcis, sweet.

Usage

In literature:

Dining in these places is not a matter of subdued murmurs, of conversation in dulcet tones, or soft strains from the band.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
But all realized that somewhere behind that dulcet voice and the gentle manner was a heart of flint and nerves of steel.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Of dulcet instruments came charmingly; 950 And then a hymn.
"Endymion" by John Keats
Love reigns supreme in his theatre; but love, as interpreted by Quinault, is a kind of dulcet gallantry.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
The unimpressible natives stop their paddles as they are floating up an igarape to listen to the dulcet strains.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I spoke to them in dulcet accents, and advanced a friendly hand.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
His suave tones became dulcet and mollifying.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
He had heard those dulcet tones before.
"American Cookery" by Various
Curses began to be mixed with their dulcet invitations to the vanished one to return.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
In what dulcet tones, love-laden, the future Hamlet and Macbeth murmured to his lady fair!
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Before the world had hardened it its tones might have been soft and dulcet.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
Next to each thought associate sound accords, And forms the dulcet symphony of words.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
It was no use; he managed somehow to make his dulcet notes heard.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
And may I murmur love in dulcet baritone?
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
But the things in general themselves were dulcet enough.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
It was much used by the ancient troubadours, its dulcet tones according well with their songs.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
No nightingale of sentiment trills her dulcet serenade amid the forest of his song.
"Vondel's Lucifer" by Joost van den Vondel
Again, Manikin, that dulcet phrase!
"Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Sir James M. Barrie
A silver tongue he had indeed, and a voice like the mellow, dulcet notes of an organ.
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
The sudden gush as of bitter waters into the dulcet, insipid current of conventional congratulation, gives additional point to the sentiment.
"Swift" by Leslie Stephen
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In poetry:

CESARIO, thy Lyre's dulcet measure,
So sweetly, so tenderly flows;
That could my sad soul taste of pleasure,
Thy music would soften its woes.
"To Cesario" by Mary Darby Robinson
Beside my opened window pane,
Each morning in this month of May
A blackbird sings in dulcet strain
Two liquid notes, which seem to say
"Come again! Come again!"
"A May Monody" by John Lawson Stoddard
I love to toy with pretty words
And syllable them into rhyme;
To make them sing like sunny birds
In happy droves with silver chime,
In dulcet groves in summer time.
"Second Childhood" by Robert W Service
And now the breeze began to blow,
Soft-stealing up the mountain;
It seem'd at first a dulcet sound—
Like mingled waters, wand'ring round
Slow falling from a fountain.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Her tears made dulcet fretting,
Her voice had no word,
More than thunder or the bird.
Yet, unforgetting,
The ravished soul her meanings knew. Mine ears
heard not, and I heard.
"The Mistress Of Vision" by Francis Thompson
Who could like thee the soul's wild tumults paint,
Or wake the torpid ear with lenient art?
Touch the nice sense with pity's dulcet plaint,
Or soothe the sorrows of the breaking heart?
"Elegy to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq." by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

The dulcet strains of "Penny Lane," Ivan Lendl 's chosen theme song at the failed musical experiment this Volvo International tennis event has become, won't be heard again.
You've heard the story, usually told by James Dyson in his own dulcet tones: After five years and thousands of prototypes, the furniture designer-turned-engineer invented the first bagless dual-cyclonic vacuum cleaner.
The dulcet thump of the karaoke track to Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night" wafted over a recent downtown-loft party, as a stick-thin, towheaded, turtlenecked Teuton dreamt of a white Christmas.
Custom-made seating, custom-made speakers and a custom-crafted alder-strip ceiling grace this 42-by-33-foot entertainment pavilion, which is accompanied by the dulcet tones of an audiophile-grade music system.
INTERVIEWS Grizzly Bear Return to Late-Night TV 'Yet Again' for Dulcet 'Shields' Standout.
INTERVIEWS Grizzly Bear Return to Late -Night TV 'Yet Again' for Dulcet 'Shields' Standout.
INTERVIEWS Grizzly Bear Return to Late- Night TV 'Yet Again' for Dulcet 'Shields' Standout.
" Chores are a bore, but perhaps the cuckooing fauna of this cheery clothes stand will quiet the dulcet chorus of "Aw, Ma, do I hafta.".
Stuck together by mutual bluegrass proclivities, the band members' dulcet tones sneak up on you like a stiff drink.
Silver Temple Bell Ornaments from Viva Terra are a sweet, dulcet-tone way to ring in the New Year.
Over the years, we've used just about every adjective we can think of to describe Scott's voice: dulcet, sweet, smooth, melodious.
Apparently, every self-respecting whacker in those parts couldn't sleep without the dulcet tones of public safety communications lulling them to sleep .
The dulcet strains of "Penny Lane," Ivan Lendl's chosen theme song at the failed musical experiment this Volvo International tennis event has become, won't be heard again.
Hoping to enchant legions with your devilish dulcet tones.
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