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Meaning of “sweet” in the English Dictionary

"sweet" in British English

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sweetadjective

uk   us   /swiːt/
  • sweet adjective (TASTE)

A1 (​especially of ​food or ​drink) having a ​tastesimilar to that of ​sugar; not ​bitter or ​salty: The ​pineapple was sweet and ​juicy. I ​prefersaltysnacks to sweet ​ones.

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  • sweet adjective (PLEASANT)

If an ​emotion or ​event is sweet, it is very ​pleasant and ​satisfying: She was ​enjoying the sweet smell of ​success. If a ​sound is sweet, it is ​pleasant and ​easy to like: She has a sweet ​singingvoice.A2 (​especially of something or someone ​small) ​pleasant and ​attractive: They ​live in a sweet little ​house. What a sweet ​baby!B1 kind and ​pleasant: I ​think Alex is really sweet. It was sweet of you to ​help me.

sweetnoun

uk   us   /swiːt/
A2 [C] UK (US candy) a ​smallpiece of sweet ​food, made of ​sugar: She ​bought a ​packet of sweets to ​suck on the way. [C] US any ​food with a lot of ​sugar in it: No ​cake, ​thanks. I'm ​trying to ​avoid sweets. [C or U] UK sweet ​foodeaten at the end of a ​meal: There was only one sweet on the ​menu - ​chocolatecake with ​cream.

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Idioms

sweetexclamation

uk   us   /swiːt/ mainly US Australian English informal
used to show that you are ​happy about something or ​think it is good: "I got ​freetickets to the ​gig." "Sweet!"
(Definition of sweet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sweet" in American English

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sweetadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /swit/
(esp. of ​food or ​drink) having a ​tastesimilar to that of ​sugar or ​honey: The four ​basictastes are sweet, ​salty, ​bitter, and ​sour. I like sweet ​cherries. The ​desserts were not ​overly sweet. If a ​smell or ​sound is sweet, it is ​pleasant and ​enjoyable: a sweet-smelling ​rosebush These ​singers are ​known for ​their sweet ​voices. Sweet can be used, esp. of something or someone ​small, to ​meancharming and ​attractive: What a sweet ​baby! Sweet can also ​meankind, ​generous, and ​likable: He was very sweet to her.
sweetly
adverb  us   /ˈswit·li/
The ​birdssang sweetly.
sweetness
noun [U]  us   /ˈswit·nəs/
Melons have more sweetness in the ​summer.
(Definition of sweet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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