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(especially of sound) sweet and soothing (often used ironically)‘record the dulcet tones of your family and friends’
sweet, sweet-sounding, mellifluous, euphonious, soothing, mellow, honeyed, pleasant, agreeablemelodious, melodic, tuneful, musical, lilting, lyrical, harmonious, silvery, silver-toned, bell-like, goldeneasy on the earmellifluentView synonyms
- ‘Their voices blended in dulcet harmony.’
- ‘It's got a fast-paced electronic rhythm to quicken the pulse, and dulcet tones to soothe the ear.’
- ‘The songs are dulcet and soothing, despite being in a minor key.’
- ‘His dulcet tones and relaxed interviewing style helped guide the listener through some pretty heavy stuff at times, but he never patronised his audience.’
- ‘Occupational hazards of hairdressers include having to listen to the dulcet tones of their clients.’
- ‘This second appearance gave people who hadn't heard her another opportunity to take in her dulcet tones.’
- ‘As one-third of Destiny's Child, her dulcet pipes helped make the group's debut self-titled album reach platinum status.’
- ‘An hour later, I'm home just in time to hear the dulcet tones of my oldest child asking, ‘what's for breakfast, Mommy?’’
- ‘His dulcet tones and objective professionalism in describing the game brought an otherwise boring game to life.’
- ‘I have lost count of the lunching conversations I've missed because of wailing sirens, farting trucks and the dulcet thrub of pneumatic drill tucking into tarmac.’
- ‘It's not unknown for the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra to be heard on the team's ghetto blaster in the changing rooms prior to kick-off.’
- ‘As I'm in the bakery, I hear the dulcet tones of what sounds like klezmer music being played through an ice-cream van.’
- ‘I sing in tune, but my tone is far from dulcet.’
- ‘You'll just have to imagine what my dulcet tones sound like.’
- ‘They stopped to give me a lift, ignoring me as I sat in the back, and they continued talking in their strange, gentle, dulcet accents.’
- ‘There's a wheeze of accordion and deep, dulcet electric guitar.’
- ‘Before Christmas the dulcet tones of Mozart, Handel and a host of other classical composers emanated from the statue of Brunel, in Haveock Square.’
- ‘Janet Morgan's dulcet vocals make their first appearance on this duet, and are ably ballasted by Robbins' resonant baritone.’
- ‘Her tender dulcet voice added charm to the song.’
- ‘Instead of the dulcet sounds of ‘Silent Night’, there are imprecations emanating from the kitchen.’
Late Middle English doucet, from Old French doucet, diminutive of doux, from Latin dulcis sweet. The Latin form influenced the modern spelling.
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