Definition of “sweet” - English Dictionary

“sweet” in English

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uk /swiːt/ us /swiːt/

sweet adjective (TASTE)

A1 (especially of food or drink) having a taste similar to that of sugar; not bitter or salty:

The pineapple was sweet and juicy.
I prefer salty snacks 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 singing voice.

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.


uk /swiːt/ us /swiːt/

A2 [ C ] UK US candy a small piece 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 food eaten at the end of a meal:

There was only one sweet on the menu - chocolate cake with cream.

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us uk /swiːt/ mainly US Australian English informal

used to show that you are happy about something or think it is good:

"I got free tickets 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 taste similar to that of sugar or honey:

The four basic tastes 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 rose bush
These singers are known for their sweet voices.

Sweet can be used, esp. of something or someone small, to mean charming and attractive:

What a sweet baby!

Sweet can also mean kind, generous, and likable:

He was very sweet to her.
adverb us /ˈswit·li/

The birds sang sweetly.
noun [ U ] us /ˈswit·nəs/

Melons have more sweetness in the summer.

(Definition of “sweet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)