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dolce

[dohl-chey; Italian dawl-che] /ˈdoʊl tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdɔl tʃɛ/ Music.
adjective
1.
sweet; soft.
noun
2.
an instruction to the performer that the music is to be executed softly and sweetly.
3.
a soft-toned organ stop.
Origin of dolce
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian < Latin dulcis savory, sweet; see dulcet
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  • She stretched out her hands, with the dolce and the cigarettes.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • She enjoyed the 'dolce far niente' in all the force of the term.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "I would not have thought an Englishman so—dolce far niente," said Magin.

  • Egypt, with all its dolce far niente, was never an idle land for the laborer.

    Our Italy Charles Dudley Warner
  • You shall not be meeting your dolce cuore—your sweetheart, this day.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
British Dictionary definitions for dolce

dolce

/ˈdɒltʃɪ; Italian ˈdoltʃe/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) (to be performed) gently and sweetly
Word Origin
Italian: sweet
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