Definition of sweetness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being sweet.

    • ‘All those orange flavours and sweetness means it will pair nicely with chocolate deserts.’
    • ‘The gentle songs lack appropriate melodic sweetness and lyrical sentimentality.’
    • ‘Bite into one and you'll find the sparkling white flesh and taste its hint of sweetness with a touch of heat.’
    • ‘They persuaded me to phone my Head of Unit, who was sweetness itself.’
    • ‘Some, but by no means all, residual sugar is tasted as sweetness.’
    • ‘Their beautiful shades will give you a lift, and their sweetness will satisfy your cravings with a fraction of the calories.’
    • ‘Cumin goes so well with carrots, adding a Middle-Eastern flavour to the carrots sweetness.’
    • ‘This is a bold, lime-scented style with a touch of sweetness and a great flavour to burn.’
    • ‘A pleasing label and brand that combines flavour, sweetness and acidity perfectly.’
    • ‘It's full of life lessons, and sweetness, and the love thwarted which is your sitcom staple.’
    • ‘The sweetness of the vocal harmonies is tempered by the rawness of the guitar and the unremitting monotony of the drum patterns.’
    • ‘Marcus, for all his sweetness and good qualities, seems rather like a dead fish next to Lee.’
    • ‘Its sap has been found equal to that of sugar maple in sweetness, flavor, and quality.’
    • ‘Stir well, taste for sweetness and place in a colander to drain.’
    • ‘He who turned the water into wine, who is the destroyer of the bitter taste, who is sweetness and altogether desire.’
    • ‘The sweetness of the honey soothes the whisky's spicy, hoppy flavour.’
    • ‘I know you win people over with sweetness, so I tried to be sweet, or as sweet as an old bear can be.’
    • ‘Even scones and cakes will be better and lighter than usual, and have a delicious freshness and sweetness of flavour.’
    • ‘And since she answered my silly questions with patience and saccharine sweetness, she is in my good books.’
    • ‘They challenge every sentimental concept we have of children, of their sweetness and innocence and goodness.’
    musicality, musicalness, melodiousness, tunefulness, lyricism, euphony
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    1. 1.1 Used as an affectionate form of address, though often ironically.
      ‘I've just got to go, sweetness’
      • ‘John, sweetness: you don't have a chance of ever being half as cool as Des.’
      • ‘No, sweetness, you're just shopping from a rack at the back of Top Shop.’


  • sweetness and light

    • 1Social or political harmony.

      ‘the relationship was by no means all sweetness and light’
      • ‘Underlying Arnoldian ideals of sweetness and light was a concern for social unity mingled with national pride.’
      1. 1.1Good-natured benevolence.
        ‘when he's around she's all sweetness and light’