Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bittersweet”


adjective uk   /ˈbɪt.əˌswiːt/ us    /ˈbɪt̬.ɚ-/

bittersweet adjective (EMOTION)

containing a mixture of sadness and happinessFeeling pleasure and happinessTaking pleasure in somethingFeeling sad and unhappy

bittersweet adjective (TASTE)

tasting both bitter and sweetFlavours and tastes
(Definition of bittersweet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bittersweet?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “bittersweet”

Definitions of “bittersweet” in other dictionaries

Translations of “bittersweet”

Word of the Day


a small company that makes beer, usually using traditional methods, and often has a restaurant where its beer is served

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More