[ doo-sur; French doo-sœr ]
/ duˈsɜr; French duˈsœr /

noun, plural dou·ceurs [doo-surz; French doo-sœr] /duˈsɜrz; French duˈsœr/.

a gratuity; tip.
a conciliatory gift or bribe.
Archaic. sweetness or agreeableness.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for douceur


/ (duːˈsɜː, French dusœr) /


a gratuity, tip, or bribe

Word Origin for douceur

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