• WordNet 3.6
    • n sweetener anything that serves as an enticement
    • n sweetener something added to foods to make them taste sweeter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath
    • n Sweetener One who, or that which, sweetens; one who palliates; that which moderates acrimony.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
    • n sweetener One who or that which sweetens, in any sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most common sports drinks are the equivalent of sugar-sweetened human sweat. That is, they have the same salt concentration as sweat (but are less salty than your blood). An increase of as little as 1% in blood salt will cause you to become thirsty.
    • ns Sweetener one who, or that which, sweetens
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.”
  • Alexander Smith
    “Everything is sweetened by risk.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.”


Sweeten the pot - If you sweeten the pot, you increase the stakes or make something more desirable.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.


In literature:

For him the myrtle and ivy were entwined with the laurel, and fame was sweetened by youth.
"George Washington, Vol. I" by Henry Cabot Lodge
That is to say, there may be the energy and keen mental life without the mellowing and sweetening influence of the Christian spirit.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
It sweetens and makes wholesome what otherwise might only be an existence of monotonous toil.
"Laugh and Live" by Douglas Fairbanks
The best poetry turns the mind inward upon itself, and sweetens its imaginations.
"Essays Æsthetical" by George Calvert
Better sweeten and sandwich the day with all of that sort you can get in.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
The soil does not appear to be sour, and no doubt the ashes from the burning off do much to sweeten it where it needs that.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
A rather absurd little modicum of jam is also served out, but it serves to sweeten a biscuit.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
Serve with whipped and sweetened cream.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
With the cane sugar was made sweetened puddings, pies, and drinks.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
This is an excellent contrivance for sweetening water at sea, and is well known in the navy.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr

In poetry:

Wit she hath without desire
To make known how much she hath;
And her anger flames no higher
Than may fitly sweeten wrath.
Full of pity as may be,
Though perhaps not so to me.
"Hearken Then Awhile To Me" by William Browne of Tavistock
And by the old, and the sad, and the broken,
Often he lingered, a well-beloved guest;
Dear was his voice, whatever the word spoken,
Sweetening their day with a song or a jest.
"The Knight-Errant" by Virna Sheard
The maid that is gentle will make a kind wife;
The magpie that prateth will stir thee to strife:
'Twere better to tarry,
Unless thou canst marry
To sweeten the bitters of life!
"The Old Man's Song" by Thomas Cooper
AMIDST Thuringia's wooded hills she dwelt,
A high-born princess, servant of the poor,
Sweetening with gracious words the food she dealt
To starving throngs at Wartburg's blazoned door.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Well might I in those days so fortunate,
What time the sun lightened my path above,
Have soared from earth to heaven, raised by her love
Who winged my labouring soul and sweetened fate.
"Lxiii. after the death of vittoria colonna." by Michelangelo
Dear blessed bird! you have stopped at my pleading,
My soul aids my ears to catch your sweet tone:
"If life is not sweetened by presence and breeding,
'Tis better by far to travel alone.
"The Lone Bird" by Jared Barhite

In news:

The former CEO of a failed sweetener facility planned for northern Missouri wants to keep cameras out of the courtroom at his upcoming trial on felony fraud and stealing charges.
Curried chickpeas go very nicely with the nutty, beet-sweetened quinoa.
Chef Sean Brock describes the classic Southern sweetener that he grew up with and his quest to keep it in production.
Elkhart County dairy farmer sweetening his cattle's feed.
A tale of 2 sweeteners.
1/2 cup Spenda sweetener (or sweetener of your choice).
ATLANTA — About half of Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day, with teenagers and young men consuming way more than recommended limits for staying healthy.
Coca Cola and Cargill are ready to move forward with stevia , after working in tandem for six years to create a sweetener based on the South American herb.
Talbots gets a sweetened $211 million buyout offer from Sycamore.
Mint-flavored water, Splenda- sweetened tea are great for cooling down.
China, Russia on board in sweetened offer to Iran.
MCI Accepts Sweetened Verizon Bid Over Qwest.
And to do so, they're turning to sweeteners that deliver zero (or minimal) calories.
Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill.
The FDA concluded that Reb A, under the minimum specification of 95 percent, is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) among qualified experts for use in beverages, food and tabletop sweeteners .