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dulcet

[duhl-sit] /ˈdʌl sɪt/
adjective
1.
pleasant to the ear; melodious:
the dulcet tones of the cello.
2.
pleasant or agreeable to the eye or the feelings; soothing.
3.
Archaic. sweet to the taste or smell.
noun
4.
an organ stop resembling the dulciana but an octave higher.
Origin of dulcet
1350-1400
1350-1400; obsolete dulce (< Latin, neuter of dulcis sweet) + -et; replacing Middle English doucet < Middle French; see douce
Related forms
dulcetly, adverb
dulcetness, noun
Synonyms
1. musical, tuneful, mellifluous, sweet-sounding.
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  • There one listened to the full, swelling chords of the organ; here to the soft, dulcet, silvery notes of the violin.

  • They must be taught to speak in other voices than the dulcet tones of peeresses.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • And a world and all of love may be made in five minutes, when both parties set their hearts and souls to the dulcet enterprise.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • A soft blending Of dulcet instruments came charmingly;950 And then a hymn.

    Endymion John Keats
  • No organ then pealed forth its reverent tones and awaked the church with dulcet harmonies: a pitch-pipe often the sole instrument.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • "He is on the lawn, dear Rosa," said Falcon, in his most dulcet tones.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • But Hope, in a voice sweet as ‘the wild strains of the Eolian harp,’ whispers in dulcet accents, ‘we may again meet.’

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • He modulated his belligerent shout to a dulcet undertone as we came alongside.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp
  • Then many-colored clouds rose in the courtyard, and dulcet music sounded on the air.

  • His speech is smooth and dulcet, his manner dignified and insinuating.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for dulcet

dulcet

/ˈdʌlsɪt/
adjective
1.
(of a sound) soothing or pleasant; sweet
Derived Forms
dulcetly, adverb
dulcetness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dulcis sweet
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Word Origin and History for dulcet
adj.

late 14c., from Old French doucet, diminutive of doux "sweet," earlier dulz, from Latin dulcis, from PIE *dlk-wi-, suffixed form of root *dlk-u- "sweet" (cf. glucose).

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