Definition of dolce in English:

dolce

adverb & adjective

Music
  • (especially as a direction) sweetly and softly.

    • ‘The third of a triad may be emphasized above its root or fifth to create a ‘sweeter’ quality in a dolce passage.’
    • ‘Though marked pianissimo and dolce, Piano I intensifies the accompaniment of the bell effects.’
    • ‘The piano is often in the leading parts, and the accompanying parts play piano dolce, that's almost an entire degree softer, on the way to pianissimo.’
    • ‘My next solo was also marked piano dolce.’
    • ‘So the question is: Can flutes play dolce music?’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘sweet’.

Pronunciation

dolce

/ˈdɒltʃeɪ/