- pleasant to the ear; melodious: the dulcet tones of the cello.
- pleasant or agreeable to the eye or the feelings; soothing.
- Archaic. sweet to the taste or smell.
- an organ stop resembling the dulciana but an octave higher.
Origin of dulcet
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1. musical, tuneful, mellifluous, sweet-sounding.
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Examples from the Web for dulcet
They must be taught to speak in other voices than the dulcet tones of peeresses.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
A soft blending Of dulcet instruments came charmingly;950 And then a hymn.Endymion
It was no use; he managed somehow to make his dulcet notes heard.The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon
Jos Maria Gordon
Before the world had hardened it its tones might have been soft and dulcet.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
"He is on the lawn, dear Rosa," said Falcon, in his most dulcet tones.A Simpleton
- (of a sound) soothing or pleasant; sweet
C14: from Latin dulcis sweet
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Word Origin and History for dulcet
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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