[dohl-chey; Italian dawl-che]Music.


sweet; soft.


an instruction to the performer that the music is to be executed softly and sweetly.
a soft-toned organ stop.

Origin of dolce

1840–50; < Italian < Latin dulcis savory, sweet; see dulcet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dolce

Contemporary Examples of dolce

Historical Examples of dolce

  • 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.


    Henry Festing Jones

British Dictionary definitions for dolce


adjective, adverb

music (to be performed) gently and sweetly

Word Origin for dolce

Italian: sweet
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