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[doo-sur; French doo-sœr]
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noun, plural dou·ceurs [doo-surz; French doo-sœr] /duˈsɜrz; French duˈsœr/.
  1. a gratuity; tip.
  2. a conciliatory gift or bribe.
  3. Archaic. sweetness or agreeableness.
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Origin of douceur

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: sweetness < Late Latin dulcor, with initial syllable reshaped under influence of French doux, douce; see douce, -eur
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Historical Examples

  • Nevertheless, the efforts of X and Y to secure the douceur were not relaxed.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • But in the ordinary life there in my time there was little to "asperate" the douceur.

  • He seemed surprised and pleased at the receipt of a douceur, and danced.

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

  • He had also received from the Emperor Joseph a douceur of 2-1/2 per cent.

  • A douceur from the young chap secured the repose of his uncle.

British Dictionary definitions for douceur


  1. a gratuity, tip, or bribe
  2. sweetness
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Late Latin dulcor, from Latin dulcis sweet
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