Definition of douce in English:



  • Sober and sedate.

    ‘stories which would have outraged their douce minds’
    • ‘First, the douce residents of the New Town complained that giant wheelie bins planned for their streets were just too unsightly to be tolerated.’
    • ‘In douce Edinburgh, though, I noted the reason that betting shops will never go away: two grown men roaring at the screen as their fancies competed in a race 400 miles away.’
    • ‘Filled with almost 300 neo-classical monuments, it is avowedly anti-modernist, its douce landscape and harmonious architecture luring in the audience before hitting them with unexpected, pithy punchlines.’
    • ‘In the douce world of English cricket, mind you, a raised eyebrow or overly-penetrating stare at an umpire can invoke disgusted letters to the broadsheets.’
    • ‘By the late 20th century, one strain of Scottish art had a reputation for being easily accessible, comfortable, douce.’
    serious, sensible, solemn, thoughtful, grave, sombre, severe, earnest, sedate, staid, dignified, steady, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, down-to-earth, commonsensical, pragmatic, self-controlled, restrained, conservative
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Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasant, sweet’): from Old French dous, douce, from Latin dulcis ‘sweet’.