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[duhl-sit] /ˈdʌl sɪt/
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
1350-1400; obsolete dulce (< Latin, neuter of dulcis sweet) + -et; replacing Middle English doucet < Middle French; see douce
Related forms
dulcetly, adverb
dulcetness, noun
1. musical, tuneful, mellifluous, sweet-sounding. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dulcet
Historical Examples
  • 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 John Keats
  • It was no use; he managed somehow to make his dulcet notes heard.

  • Before the world had hardened it its tones might have been soft and dulcet.

  • "He is on the lawn, dear Rosa," said Falcon, in his most dulcet tones.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • I spoke to them in dulcet accents, and advanced a friendly hand.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • He modulated his belligerent shout to a dulcet undertone as we came alongside.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp
  • “You are heartily welcome, Councillor Schiller,” said she, in dulcet tones.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • His speech is smooth and dulcet, his manner dignified and insinuating.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Patti was not great because her dulcet tones were like honey to the ear.

British Dictionary definitions for dulcet


(of a sound) soothing or pleasant; sweet
Derived Forms
dulcetly, adverb
dulcetness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dulcis sweet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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