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douceur

[doo-sur; French doo-sœr] /duˈsɜr; French duˈsœr/
noun, plural douceurs
[doo-surz; French doo-sœr] /duˈsɜrz; French duˈsœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a gratuity; tip.
2.
a conciliatory gift or bribe.
3.
Archaic. sweetness or agreeableness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: sweetness < Late Latin dulcor, with initial syllable reshaped under influence of French doux, douce; see douce, -eur
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douceur

/duːˈsɜː; French dusœr/
noun
1.
a gratuity, tip, or bribe
2.
sweetness
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Late Latin dulcor, from Latin dulcis sweet
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