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[dohl-chey; Italian dawl-che] /ˈdoʊl tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdɔl tʃɛ/ Music.
sweet; soft.
an instruction to the performer that the music is to be executed softly and sweetly.
a soft-toned organ stop.
Origin of dolce
1840-50; < Italian < Latin dulcis savory, sweet; see dulcet Unabridged
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  • They enjoyed the dolce far niente; they were luxurious in their enjoyment of the illusion of being boys once more.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • She enjoyed the 'dolce far niente' in all the force of the term.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Would that we all might rise to the dolce far niente of an American consulate!

  • Will they, in the course of generations of dolce far niente, lose their stamina?

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • She stretched out her hands, with the dolce and the cigarettes.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for dolce


/ˈdɒltʃɪ; Italian ˈdoltʃe/
adjective, adverb
(music) (to be performed) gently and sweetly
Word Origin
Italian: sweet
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