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[sweet-n-er] /ˈswit n ər/
something that sweetens, as sugar or a low-calorie synthetic product used instead of sugar.
an added inducement:
such sweeteners as tax breaks and low-cost loans.
Origin of sweetener
First recorded in 1640-50; sweeten + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Grace is a sweetener and embellisher of life, and as such is worthy of cultivation.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • sweetener, a person who runs up the prices of articles at an auction.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Be the sweetener of tart speeches; be the sunshine that drives away the clouds.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard
  • We learned from you that it was the sweetener of every thought and every act of the day.

    Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
  • And he put the sweetener to his lips and whistled the Plough up to him.

    The Field of Clover Laurence Housman
  • Saccharin possesses some antiseptic properties, but its main use is as a sweetener.

  • He put to his lips the firestone ring—the sweetener—and blew but one note through it.

    The Field of Clover Laurence Housman
  • Politeness is the sweetener of human society and gives a charm to everything said and done.

British Dictionary definitions for sweetener


a sweetening agent, esp one that does not contain sugar
(informal) a bribe
(informal) a financial inducement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweetener



Something that makes a deal more attractive; encouragement or enhancement, such as a monetary payment: sweetener was all I needed for the deal

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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