OTHER WORDS FROM bittersweetbit·ter·sweet·ly, adverbbit·ter·sweet·ness, noun
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What does bittersweet mean?
Bittersweet describes something that tastes both harsh or acrid and sugary, such as a chocolate with less sugar, intended for baking into something sweet, like a cake.
Bittersweet also describes something that is both pleasant and regretful, such as graduating from high school. You’re excited about what comes after high school, but you’ll miss seeing your friends everyday. Graduation is a bittersweet moment.
Bittersweet is another name for Solanum dulcamara, or woody nightshade, a creeping, vine-like plant that can be poisonous in large quantities.
Bittersweet could also refer to any climbing plant of the genus Celastrus.
Example: I take just a little sugar in my coffee because I like a bittersweet taste.
Where does bittersweet come from?
The first records of the term bittersweet come from the 1300s. It is a Middle English term that combines the words bitter and sweet. Bitter comes from the Gothic baitrs, and sweet comes from the Latin suāvis, meaning “pleasant.”
The literal and figurative uses of bittersweet are used almost equally. Several popular fruits are bittersweet, including cranberries, sour cherries, blackberries, Granny Smith apples, and blueberries. (We like ours dipped in bittersweet chocolate!)
The figurative bittersweet often describes an event or a memory of an event that is both happy and sad. Often when something comes to an end, such as a show, production, career, or anything that has a definite beginning and end, you might feel that the ending is bittersweet because it is sad that it is ending but happy because it had a successful run.
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What are some other forms related to bittersweet?
- bittersweetly (adverb)
- bittersweetness (noun)
What are some synonyms for bittersweet?
- woody nightshade
- climbing bittersweet
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How is bittersweet used in real life?
Bittersweet is most often used to describe a feeling or flavor.
With #The100 Season 6 finale just days away, I have some bittersweet news to share: Season 7 will be our last. We are eternally grateful to WB & CW for always allowing us to tell our story the way we want to & to wrap the show on our terms. What an incredible ride this has been!
— Jason Rothenberg (@JRothenbergTV) August 4, 2019
Mac’s artistry still had so many places to go. Circles is beautiful and bittersweet. RIP king
— Bas (@Bas) January 17, 2020
Just left home for the summer #bittersweet 😪
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) June 12, 2014
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Is bittersweet used correctly in the following sentence?
Leaving for camp is always bittersweet because I know I’ll miss my bed, but I also love nature.
How to use bittersweet in a sentence
That’s somewhat bittersweet that those celebrations and ways of bringing people together can’t happen.‘Bills Mafia’ waited a generation for a team like this. It’s had to embrace it from afar.|Adam Kilgore|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
A generous amount of chopped bittersweet chocolate is added, and a quick roll in sugar makes them shimmer.Caramelized banana chocolate chunk cookies are the new best use for the rest of that bunch|Jesse Szewczyk|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
It was a bittersweet moment for Engel-Natzke and her family.Emily Engel-Natzke’s dad was her ‘biggest fan.’ He died of covid-19 before her hockey triumph.|Samantha Pell|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
It took connections from the Art Institute and his pieces going viral online for Leonard to eventually land the Netflix deal in August — but it was a bittersweet moment.Turning Children’s Disabilities Into Superpowers|Joshua Eferighe|October 15, 2020|Ozy
It’s a sweet and simple movie with a healthy dose of bittersweet wistfulness for a fading world, and it’s beautiful.11 compelling documentaries to watch for this fall|Alissa Wilkinson|October 9, 2020|Vox
Last week I turned 40, a bittersweet occasion because I crossed the line to living longer without my mother than with her.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone|Samantha Levine|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This final episode of Extras is the perfect Christmastime escape for those who prefer the bittersweet to the saccharine.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes|Jace Lacob|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other countries understand the bittersweet better than we do.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director|Marlow Stern|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the Marc show where the only song was Bittersweet Symphony.It's Who You Know: The Power Players of New York Fashion Week|Barbara Ragghianti|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On July 9, South Sudan will mark three years since independence, but any celebration will be bittersweet.Creating Consequences for South Sudan’s Political Elite|Justine Fleischner|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Around the case he planted wild clematis, bittersweet, and wild-grapevines, and trained them over it until it was almost covered.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
The flowers are gone, but they were not brighter than the winter berries and bittersweet that glow around one.In New England Fields and Woods|Rowland E. Robinson
It was the Club that decorated the house with brown sedges and stalks of upstanding tawny corn and vines of bittersweet.Ethel Morton and the Christmas Ship|Mabell S. C. Smith
Celastrus scandens, more commonly known as bittersweet, is a native vine that can easily be domesticated.ABC of Gardening|Eben Eugene Rexford
This tiny beak we can readily distinguish bent beneath the body of our bittersweet hopper.My Studio Neighbors|William Hamilton Gibson