Definition of dulcet in English:



  • (especially of sound) sweet and soothing (often used ironically)

    ‘record the dulcet tones of your family and friends’
    • ‘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.’
    sweet, sweet-sounding, mellifluous, euphonious, soothing, mellow, honeyed, pleasant, agreeable
    melodious, melodic, tuneful, musical, lilting, lyrical, harmonious, silvery, silver-toned, bell-like, golden
    easy on the ear
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Late Middle English doucet, from Old French doucet, diminutive of doux, from Latin dulcis sweet. The Latin form influenced the modern spelling.