Definition of sweetness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being sweet.

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


  • 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’