Definition of sweet in English:



  • 1Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey; not salty, sour, or bitter.

    ‘a cup of hot sweet tea’
    figurative ‘a sweet taste of success’
    • ‘The sweet natural taste of honey halvah ice cream complemented the flowery taste of the rose water for a unique blend of earthiness.’
    • ‘They all exhibit sour, salty, sweet, and bitter tastes or can be any combination of the four.’
    • ‘There are 14 species of salak plants, but only Sibetan salak - with its sweet and sour taste and dry meat - has a high market value.’
    • ‘The smell is pleasant, the taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter as is typical of ginseng.’
    • ‘I walked over to the cupboard, pulling down a mug, then filled it with the sweet bitter taste of homemade coffee.’
    • ‘It tasted sweet like honey for only a second and then a sudden painful lurching started in her womb.’
    • ‘The tea tastes a little bitter with some lingering sweet aftertaste.’
    • ‘Thai food should have the perfect balance of bitter, salty, sweet, sour and hot.’
    • ‘Mr Dolan, 47, said the bitter had a sweet, fruity taste and was ‘quite dangerous stuff’ at 4.8 per cent.’
    • ‘‘My compliments,’ she said over the steaming cup as the sweet taste of the tea lingered on her tongue.’
    • ‘It tasted sweet and bitter on his tongue at the same time and made him shiver slightly, unable to decide if he enjoyed the taste or not.’
    • ‘Human taste buds react to four tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.’
    • ‘It had a bitterly sweet taste, that left her mouth dry, yet the taste was unforgettable.’
    • ‘Apples have various tastes, insipid, sweet, very sour and accordingly used in cooking.’
    • ‘Buttermilk is an assortment of three tastes - sweet, sour and astringent.’
    • ‘Chamomile flower (Matricaria spp.) has a pleasantly bitter and sweet taste.’
    • ‘However, the beef became tasty after absorbing the sweet and sour tastes of the preserved tangerine peel wrapped outside.’
    • ‘Taste buds can only distinguish between sweet, salt, sour and bitter and the sense of smell is relied on to obtain the flavour.’
    • ‘She raised a finger to her lips and traced them, strangely she could taste the sour but sweet taste still there.’
    • ‘Some people taking the drug simply complain that food has lost its taste, but others report a strongly metallic bitter or sweet taste.’
    sugary, sweetened, saccharine
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    1. 1.1(of air, water, or food) fresh, pure, and untainted.
      ‘lungfuls of the clean, sweet air’
      • ‘I also readily recall those days when we had sweet water - for breakfast, lunch and dinner.’
      • ‘She enjoyed the shade that the rustling green canopy gave herself and her boyfriend as they sat together, breathing the fresh and sweet air.’
      • ‘She lifted her head and breathed in the sweet air.’
      • ‘Jonathan Cope is spending this week breathing the sweet air of the French countryside.’
      • ‘There breathes in the face a sweet air of the purest grace, with the hair gathered simply, and all the lineaments are formed to beauty and to modesty.’
      • ‘Fresh, sweet air breezed past Shana's head, her fawn-colored hair streaming behind her in the gust.’
      • ‘Tambili or the sweet water from the spliced green or bright orange fruit quenches thirst and fortifies the Lankan soul.’
      • ‘It's so quiet it doesn't stop you sleeping, and in the morning the air is sweet and clean.’
      • ‘The smoking ban is finally here, and so I'm joining the ranks of smug non-smokers - filling my lungs with nothing but clean, sweet air.’
      • ‘The man kindled it and in the next moments the fresh and sweet air fulfilled with deep and suffocating smoke and scent of burning flesh.’
      • ‘Breathing in the sweet air again, I decided that I definitely liked it here, enough that I might actually settle down here.’
      • ‘He turned the sweet air way up, gave me the headphones and proceeded to finish up my root canal.’
      • ‘What had possessed him to leave the beautiful greenness and fresh sweet air of Hilgoth?’
      • ‘The clean sweet air with the damp chill in it of mountain snow.’
      • ‘My spirit feels reborn, and I breathe in the sweet air of the pardoned prisoner.’
      • ‘In the Erasama block, which was the worst hit by the cyclone, sweet water is not available even at a depth of 1,500 feet.’
      • ‘Filley took a deep breath of the surprisingly light, sweet air, and knew that she was not asleep or day dreaming or taking a leave of her senses.’
      • ‘Head low as the sun grew higher in the sky, he breathed in the fresh, sweet air with a hint of delighted content.’
      • ‘In the center of the biggest island you will see tall cedars that mark a spring of sweet water.’
      • ‘When the air is so sweet with blossom and the beginnings of the evening dew you could almost drink it and believe it to be the best elixir known to Man.’
      pure, wholesome, fresh, uncontaminated, clean, clear, not sour, not rotten
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    2. 1.2[often in combination]Smelling pleasant like flowers or perfume; fragrant.
      ‘sweet-scented flowers’
      • ‘Aubrey buried his face into her hair, smelling the sweet scent of rose shampoo, hiding his face from view.’
      • ‘He could smell the sweet smell of flowers wafting in from a balcony next door and hear the sounds of laughter drifting up from the sidewalk below.’
      • ‘It smells like some sort of crazy hybrid of fragrant, sweet berries and the floral hyperbole of lavender.’
      • ‘You graced our suite with the sweet smell of beautiful flowers and Chilean wine.’
      • ‘Sitting in the shadow of an Osmanthus tree, visitors to Guilin Park are intoxicated by the sweet scent of the flower.’
      • ‘She missed the sun on her face, the sweet smell of flowers, the birds and insect life.’
      • ‘Never again would she see her mom's sparkling blue eyes when Lillie told her one of her lame jokes, or smell the sweet fragranced perfume her mother always wore.’
      • ‘As she spoke, setting the scene with a brief history of the house and its purportedly ghost ridden past, I noticed a very sweet smell of rose perfume.’
      • ‘They say he never took a bath, but he smelled as sweet as a flower.’
      • ‘Mother-of-thyme is an herb that grows to a height of one to two inches high with purple flowers that have a sweet fragrance during the summer’
      • ‘Ariana was awoken by the sweet scent of the flowers she knew very well.’
      • ‘Up closer he could smell the sweet scent of her perfume, he only just realised too how incredibly beautiful she was.’
      • ‘Also with a claim of good mildew tolerance is ‘Blue Lagoon’ a new variety from Thompson, and Morgan with blue flowers and sweet fragrance.’
      • ‘The sweet fragrance of her perfume assaulted his senses.’
      • ‘A beautiful one, with so many wild flowers that a sweet scent of lavender lingered on the soft breeze that was brushing his face.’
      • ‘When I woke up, I smelled this sweet familiar vanilla perfume.’
      • ‘Another breeze and I smelt the sweet smell of flowers.’
      • ‘He could smell something, something sweet, like spring flowers on a sunny day.’
      • ‘She was letting him touch her, letting him smell her sweet perfume, letting him savor those things that only Rick should feel.’
      • ‘I took in a deep breath and smelled the flowers' sweet fragrance.’
      fragrant, aromatic, sweet-smelling, perfumed, balmy, scented
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  • 2Pleasing in general; delightful.

    ‘it was the sweet life he had always craved’
    • ‘The anger brought the sweet delight from avenging one's own hurt feelings ‘he deserves worse’.’
    • ‘Though her sense of swing is evolving, Bode's unpretentious delivery, easy phrasing and sweet demeanor is delightful.’
    • ‘I will be begging for sweet delight, until you say I'm yours tonight.’
    • ‘It's a sweet deal for General Motors, which snags 2% of world market share for a pittance.’
    pleasant, pleasing, agreeable, delightful, nice, satisfying, gratifying, welcome, good, acceptable, to one's liking, entertaining, charming, inviting, attractive, fine
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    1. 2.1Highly satisfying or gratifying.
      ‘some sweet, short-lived revenge’
      • ‘It was sweet revenge for Legers who has lost to Brown on three previous occasions.’
      • ‘They are tales of brutal death and sweet revenge, savage slayings and cryptic final words - stories that lift the coffin lid on Yorkshire's grisly past.’
      • ‘Severus gained sweet revenge for their opening day defeat when a brace from Moss earned them a 2-1 win at Thorpe United for whom Wood was on the mark.’
      • ‘This victory was sweet revenge for last year when Brosna beat Scart in that final.’
      • ‘But Jackie ends up with more than sweet revenge when she finds Frank hanging from a ceiling beam in her living room with a suicide note stuffed in his mouth.’
      • ‘This is a temple which tells the story of sweet revenge.’
      • ‘Eales said the result was sweet revenge for Australia's last minute 39-35 defeat against New Zealand in Sydney last month.’
      • ‘So it was a sweet revenge for the Portlaoise lads who swamped Ballinakill Gaels in an equally disappointing meeting.’
      • ‘They exacted sweet revenge later that year, beating Ireland 1-in a playoff in Paris, ending Cantwell's last hope of reaching a major finals.’
      • ‘His Cooper character in Hang Em High is man striving for revenge but realizes that revenge is not always sweet.’
      • ‘For Burrell, however, who blames Charles for the stress he was put through in the court case, revenge has been sweet and very lucrative.’
      • ‘It was sweet revenge for the Dubliner after losing to Leedsman Hunter in last season's Welsh Open final in Cardiff.’
      • ‘He wants to seek sweet revenge because he feels he's an victim of injustice.’
      • ‘The influence of punk is quite sweet and gratifying.’
      • ‘Revenge may sometimes be sweet - but at what cost?’
      • ‘Other commentators see the success of the film, both at the box office and in terms of awards nominations, as some kind of sweet revenge on the Bush administration and those who voted for it.’
      • ‘Revenge may be sweet but it is also destructive.’
      • ‘Derry Rovers Youths gained sweet revenge over rivals Spink Celtic in this Shield match played in the Ben Mulhall Park on Sunday, April 7.’
      • ‘Oh, revenge is so sweet, I thought maliciously to myself.’
      • ‘Fitzpatrick is the only competitor ever to beat Scott in over 20 bouts and it was sweet revenge for the talented Elton High School pupil.’
    2. 2.2informal [often as exclamation]Used to express approval or admiration; excellent.
      ‘the mansion has a sweet hot tub’
      ‘Yeah, I'd like to come to the party. Sweet!’
    3. 2.3Working, moving, or done smoothly or easily.
      ‘the sweet handling of this motorcycle’
      • ‘Performance and drivability are enhanced by a sweet clutch/gearbox combination, giving smooth changes.’
      • ‘I've personally been a revolver man in my later years and I adapt very easily to the LDA's sweet and light action.’
    4. 2.4(of sound) melodious or harmonious.
      ‘the sweet notes of the flute’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of Bach echoed in a seemingly empty loft.’
      • ‘Ears still stand up, but for the sweet sounds of the silver lining in the music they make together.’
      • ‘There's nothing like the sweet sounds of an electric guitar to start the day off well, though for some reason my neighbours disagree.’
      • ‘As Tory opened the front door, the sweet sound of Greta's piano floated through the house.’
      • ‘Suddenly the sweet sound of Christine's voice filled his ears.’
      • ‘It has a sound that is somewhere between big-band and jazz, sweet music to the ears.’
      • ‘The album is overflowing with sweet harmonies and guitar riffs and beats that are edgy without being overbearing.’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of an unplugged guitar and crackling fire mixed with vague cultish lyrics, opiating our young minds with hope and faith.’
      • ‘Jarrod's a big fella, well over 6 feet, with hands the size of tree stumps, but still able to coax sweet sounds from a guitar.’
      • ‘Shutting his eyes slightly, he listened to the to the duo make sweet music.’
      • ‘To walk across fields and meadows in early summer and no longer see a speck in the sky and hear a sweet trill like song and crescendo of melodic notes from the skylark.’
      • ‘Everything got quieter as the sweet sound of the flute continued to play.’
      • ‘And while the record lacks those sonic eruptions, it does pack waves and waves of sweet harmonies.’
      • ‘The sweet sound of the Northumbrian pipes, playing folk tunes which would have been familiar to eighteenth-century audiences, greeted us as we climbed the stairs.’
      • ‘The sweet sound of the trumpets sounded and I was declared winner of the bout.’
      • ‘The sweet sounds of 50's pop filled the room, and as Jamie listened to a ballad about love, she recalled her previous thought of Walker.’
      • ‘It would start with whispers, a sweet sound to catch your ear before maintaining a crescendo into other more vocalized sounds leading to the climax.’
      • ‘My issue would be born clear-headed, with music, sweet music, our only drug.’
      • ‘This was sweet music as mature as a fine malt whiskey.’
      • ‘All aspects of the effects, dialogue, and Miles Goodman's sickeningly sweet music score are clear and distortion free.’
      musical, tuneful, dulcet, melodious, lyrical, mellifluous, soft, harmonious, euphonious, silvery, honeyed, liquid, mellow, rich, smooth, sweet-sounding, sweet-toned, silver-toned, bell-like, golden
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    5. 2.5US Denoting music, especially jazz, played at a steady tempo without improvisation.
      • ‘On ‘Feel Free’ Peter Nelson waxes spiritual over a sweet reggae beat.’
      • ‘The fact that these impressions are expressed in the context of a description of sweet music gives the adjective a power of referring to the impression also.’
      • ‘Eastwood After Hours is a disc filled with passionate music, a lot of fun and some sweet, sweet jazz music.’
      • ‘Here as the cymbals and drums make sweet music, hundreds of families gather to pray.’
      • ‘The music picked up the tempo and overhead a saxophone played sweet jazz.’
      • ‘By now, all that sweet music Buffett and Clayton had made together was a distant memory.’
      • ‘It was a sweet music essay that had racy numbers set to the foot stomping ‘Dandia’ tunes, apart from her chartbusters.’
      • ‘The sweet music brings holiness and purity of thought to the mind.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the sad piano music was sweet and soothing, adding to an effect of the golden sun rising and the sunlight seeping through my windows.’
  • 3(of a person or action) pleasant and kind or thoughtful.

    ‘a very sweet nurse came along’
    • ‘It was bought for me by some of my closest friends and some of my favourite web people - really really sweet friends who clubbed together for my thirtieth birthday.’
    • ‘Put on some good music, read a good book, cook a roast, encourage friends to visit with red wine and you're sweet.’
    • ‘I always thought that you were sweet and nice, and you were always there for me.’
    • ‘We did hang out with them in Montreal, though, and they were so sweet, they totally understood where we came from.’
    • ‘Kris is a really nice and sweet guy, who'll do just about anything I ask of him.’
    • ‘She was sweet and nice to mostly everyone she meet, she didn't deserve to get in trouble cause of his stupid idea.’
    • ‘I've actually met Clay at a meet and greet, and he truly is the kind-hearted sweet man he appears to be.’
    • ‘She is sweet, sincere, genuine, thoughtful, compassionate and he knew she liked him for him, not his money.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that such a kindly, sweet lady would write such murderous tales?’
    • ‘He's not intimidating, though, he's an incredibly sweet guy.’
    • ‘Alyssa had known Valerie for a couple of months then and thought Valerie was a sweet person.’
    • ‘The dad was an extremely sweet person, Mel says.’
    • ‘He was really sweet and nice, even when he was laughing in dry amusement at her crazier antics.’
    • ‘But you better not cross her, because even though she's mostly sweet and nice and very pretty, she's not afraid to write a song about you if she has to.’
    • ‘Although they were obviously a very closely-knit group of friends, they were sweet people, and they seemed to be very accepting of her.’
    • ‘A great heart, a sweet personality, but bumbling and awkward.’
    • ‘While Lindsay and I disagree on some things, she's a sweet person.’
    • ‘He was an extremely friendly and sweet man and he will be missed.’
    • ‘Huh, so one of the top five good-looking blokes of my entire University career, and a really nice, sweet person, chats me up on my first night and I turn him down.’
    • ‘They had all proven to me that they were sweet and nice and friendly.’
    likeable, appealing, engaging, amiable, pleasant, agreeable, genial, friendly, nice, good-natured, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, thoughtful, considerate
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    1. 3.1(especially of a person or animal) charming and endearing.
      ‘a sweet little cat’
      • ‘Her sweet voice and cute, large eyes attracted most people.’
      • ‘Throughout most of it he is, on the surface and even in his heart, a charming, sweet sort of chap, not at all a villain.’
      • ‘A charming and sweet, for this family, episode that centers on their holiday celebrations in New York.’
      • ‘Secretly Henrietta longed for a cat, a sweet gray tabby with little paws and doleful eyes who she could share her life long secrets with.’
      • ‘Probably as much as I adore her amazingly endearing, sweet, dorky, and beautiful boyfriend.’
      • ‘My sweet cat is very loving and hardly ever moves, so she never causes me any trouble.’
      • ‘High-heel shoes, lacy lingerie, micro-mini skirts and boob tubes are not cute or sweet or in any way appropriate for young girls, no matter how pink and fluffy their packaging.’
      • ‘Haden has an endearing and sweet voice and Frisell's guitar is just as elegant and persuasive.’
      • ‘It's a rather sweet and endearing little premise, one which the folks behind this film are hoping that coveted tween market might enjoy.’
      • ‘He looked so sweet and so endearing, and so caring.’
      • ‘For the second year in a row I am assisting with finding a home for a sweet little black cat.’
      • ‘It is that idealism and sweet sentiment which make Barrichello so endearing and were he able to usurp Schumacher Senior this season, there are few who would begrudge him the title.’
      • ‘They make him look so sweet and adorable and well, that's a total misconception if you really know Jake.’
      • ‘Once again, he blew everyone away with his sweet voice and endearing songs about love and loss.’
      • ‘Most cats in these organizations are healthy and sweet kittens and cats.’
      • ‘I find people treating my friends' guide dogs as being sweet or cute offensive - they are working dogs, and no cuter or more highly trained than a heading dog.’
      • ‘Like a lot of people I've heard from, my expectations for it were not exactly sky high, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how charming and sweet the movie is.’
      • ‘He was so cute, so sweet, so special and so attractive.’
      • ‘When I tell you Polo was a sweet cat, understand I don't mean she was nice for a cat.’
      cute, lovable, adorable, endearing, charming, attractive, dear
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    2. 3.2dated, informal [predicative]Infatuated or in love with.
      ‘she seemed quite sweet on him’
      • ‘I don't think that their sound engineer noticed that I'm a little bit sweet on him.’
      • ‘I can't read signals well, but if I were to take a stab at it, I would guess that she is sweet on me.’
      • ‘I guess he's sweet on Anna.’
      • ‘I noticed that he was kind of sweet on one of the waitresses there.’
      • ‘Yep, I think she's sweet on him.’
      • ‘Me and him were sweet on each other when we were just knee high.’
      • ‘Something tells me you're rather sweet on this girl of yours?’
      • ‘Mick was pretty sweet on her,’
      • ‘It's Polly and Robert; they're sweet on each other, as if you couldn't guess.’
      • ‘He's unfailingly calm and polite around Claire, and we get the sense throughout this episode that Ethan is sweet on her.’
      fond of, taken with, attracted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, in love with, enamoured of, infatuated with, love-struck by, keen on, devoted to, smitten with, head over heels in love with
      gone on, mad about, struck on, daft about, into, bowled over by, swept off one's feet by
      twitterpated by
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    3. 3.3Dear; beloved.
      ‘my sweet love’
      dear, dearest, darling, beloved, loved, cherished, precious, treasured, prized, worshipped, idolized
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    4. 3.4archaic Used as a respectful form of address.
      ‘go to thy rest, sweet sir’
  • 4Used for emphasis in various phrases and exclamations.

    ‘What had happened? Sweet nothing’
    • ‘In fact, I'd like to think that, were the incident to recur today, I would politely shove him to the ground, dole out a few sweet phrases, and send him packing.’
    • ‘There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, ‘the sweet presence of a good diffused’.’
    1. 4.1Used to emphasize the unpredictable individuality of someone's actions.
      ‘I'd rather carry on in my own sweet way’
      • ‘Plenty of other current major league standouts, in addition to those cited above, have taken their own sweet time to reach their potential.’
      • ‘But then my own, primary commitment isn't to literary academia; I'm a writer first, a teacher second, and a scholar (on my own sweet time) third.’
      • ‘And the blond-haired, mascara-lashed master of the double entendre is the kind of chap who tends to go his own sweet way.’
      • ‘Nice to get lost in a story and come back to my own sweet warm home.’
      • ‘This week, the best are from diametrically opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but both are excellent in their own sweet way.’
      • ‘I took my own sweet time walking home, knowing full well that Phillip would have an expensive outfit to put me in to make some great debut appearance at the club.’
      • ‘Anyhow, I examined her in the usual professional manner, though I must admit, I took my own sweet time (after all, no one else was waiting to see me anyhow).’
      • ‘Me, I'll carry on in my own sweet fashion, rising, working, showering, eating and sleeping, and trying to find some fun in between it all.’
      • ‘He's still in the other room taking his own sweet time.’
      • ‘Brand, 62, is moving at his own sweet pace, pausing to think for 10 or 20 seconds before he answers each of my questions.’
      • ‘He said the reports showed that some people needed a ‘yank into the 21st century… they have continued in their own sweet way for a long time’.’
      • ‘In their own sweet time, things will fall into place, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, to paint a favourable picture for Iranian interests in and around Iraq.’
      • ‘As I said, tech revolutions tend to take their own sweet time.’
      • ‘For the time being, and I honestly can't see myself changing much, I shall go on in my own sweet way, observing my world and recording my view of it.’
      • ‘For my next trick, I'm thinking of starting a weblog entirely devoted to my own sweet self.’
      • ‘That's still the responsibility of our partners or our own sweet selves.’
      • ‘This they can do only by their own sweet will - no married couple is in any case legally bound to do so.’
      • ‘Work starts promptly tomorrow at nine after a marathon four months of messing around with my own sweet words and not answering to anyone.’
      • ‘Of course MPs will have different ideas, but surely they should work them out in caucus rather than going their own sweet way in votes.’
      • ‘His hotel escapade worries his parents, but all ends well on a moonlit beach with Muriel, while the older couples arrive at their own sweet (Nat and Essie) or bittersweet (Lily and Sid) conclusions.’


  • 1British A small shaped piece of confectionery made with sugar.

    ‘a bag of sweets’
    • ‘The child and ego within him have never been able to resist the lure of a bag of sweets.’
    • ‘When my school friends persuaded me to try stealing a penny sweet from a local shop, I couldn't do it from Mr K's shop, because he knew me.’
    • ‘Police had observed 47 children buying sweets from the shop late on a Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘Avoid sugar and other sweets in order to bring your body's blood-sugar levels back within a normal range.’
    • ‘The workers produce handmade Indian sweets for shops and restaurants.’
    • ‘Along with that was a small bag of sweets and some chocolate.’
    • ‘He also spoke to Mr Wells, who made some of the memory-evoking sweets in the confectioner's shop in Princess Mary Court.’
    • ‘Kids get more punishment than that for stealing a few sweets from a shop.’
    • ‘Shops sell seasonal sweets such as flat hard cakes called klaasjes, and speculoos, gingerbread moulded in the shape of St Nicholas.’
    • ‘But what a good idea to have prepared a large collection of bags of sweets to pass to your daughters at regular intervals throughout the film.’
    • ‘The sandwiches and shows, and a little sweet shop he set up at the end of the flats.’
    • ‘Halvais have produced as many variations on their themes as European confectioners have on boiled sugar sweets.’
    • ‘A run on stocks in the shops began at once, and by the middle of that summer there was queueing for sweets, and many shops had imposed unofficial ration schemes.’
    • ‘TWO sisters were seriously injured when they were hit by a car after walking to the shop for sweets.’
    • ‘Then came the sweet: an enormous confection covered with spun sugar.’
    • ‘Some 45 Asian workers at the factory, which produces Indian sweets for restaurants and shops, have been taking action over low pay for several weeks.’
    • ‘Note that eating sugar and sweets increases your attractiveness to many insects!’
    • ‘Another point to stress is that they do not seem to have candies or sweets for children: sugar is in short supply and regarded’
    • ‘When I was a young child, I used to live near a shop that sold sweets in jars.’
    • ‘Casey James Confectionery Store has sold sweets and candies on St Mary's Street, off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, since 1954.’
    piece of confectionery, chocolate, bonbon, fondant, toffee
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  • 2Sweet foods, collectively.

    ‘Americans eat too many sweets’
    1. 2.1British A sweet dish forming a course of a meal; a dessert.
      ‘she served up a lovely sweet made with whipped chestnuts and almond paste’
      • ‘Divided into sections that cover small eats, drinks, soups, rice dishes, side dishes and sweets, the recipes are clear and concise.’
      • ‘We were in the mood for sweets, and Smiths duly obliged with a superb creme brûlée for me and a sweet pastry case filled with mixed berries topped with creme fraiche and berry sauce for my mother.’
      • ‘Pudding was rose - flavoured chum chum sweetmeats, lachedar rabri, a milk sweet, and tila kulfi - Indian ice cream on a stick, delivered by cart.’
      • ‘I passed on the sweets, but my husband chose the double chocolate pudding with custard.’
      • ‘Amongst the sweets is Xmas Igloo, Christmas pudding ice cream made with brandy.’
      • ‘Different sweets we just had to try, sticky toffee pudding, cheesecake, and chocolate gateaux.’
      • ‘Coffee is also their speciality and meals available include breakfasts, lunches and afternoon sweets, which are available to eat in or takeaway.’
      • ‘Faced with multiple sweets and puddings, I simply reclined and used the best of the divan.’
      • ‘Patients can choose from a variety of main courses, accompaniments and sweets for their lunch or supper, and there are vegetarian, halal and high calorie choices.’
      • ‘A number of desserts and sweets have a national presence, principally a group of milk desserts of the flan or caramel custard family.’
      dessert, pudding, sweet course, second course, last course
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  • 3Used as an affectionate form of address to a person one is very fond of.

    ‘hello, my sweet’
    dear, darling, dearest, dear one, love, sweetheart, beloved, honey, pet, treasure, angel
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  • 4literary, archaic The sweet part or element of something.

    ‘you have had the bitter, now comes the sweet’
    1. 4.1The pleasures or delights found in something.
      ‘the sweets of office’
      • ‘Or is this repertoire of sweets a taste of things to come for the Indian team?’


  • sweet dreams

    • Used to express good wishes to a person going to bed.

      • ‘After so many years Julie had gotten used to putting herself to bed, but that never changed the fact that she wished someone would be there to tuck her in, and wish her sweet dreams.’
      • ‘Amy smiled, wished him sweet dreams, and walked into her room.’
      • ‘I will see you tomorrow Brigid, sweet dreams.’
      • ‘The girls complied, and Nicole peeked into the living room to wish her mother sweet dreams before going to bed.’
      • ‘Time now to slip away into that state of being awake and asleep at the same time. Good morning and sweet dreams.’
  • sweet sixteen

    • Used to refer to the age of sixteen as characterized by prettiness and innocence in a girl.

      • ‘But one of us won't be having a very sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘I didn't know where I was going to spend my sweet sixteen, and I really didn't want to spend it with my parents.’
      • ‘The participants range from pre-teen to sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘I would even greet every single person I come across on my way to the gym, and smile like it was my sweet sixteen today, I'd decided.’
      • ‘So back to the point, I received no mode of transportation for turning sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘It only happens once in a lifetime to enjoy a girl's sweet sixteen.’
      • ‘‘But, you're turning sweet sixteen, and I think that calls for a celebration,’ refused Vera.’
      • ‘All these years later Im absolutely proud of my sweet sixteen, who has trooped around the world with dad, three continents, five states, and a hundred sad goodbyes.’
      • ‘Kelly was happy, her sweet sixteen would be great.’
      • ‘And why plan a sweet sixteen when you can't stand what friends you do have?’


Old English swēte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoet, German süss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suavis and Greek hēdus.