douceur

[doo-sur; French doo-sœr]

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

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

Nearby words

  1. doubtless,
  2. douc,
  3. douce,
  4. doucely,
  5. douceperes,
  6. douche,
  7. douche bag,
  8. douchebag,
  9. doug,
  10. dough

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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British Dictionary definitions for douceur

douceur

noun

a gratuity, tip, or bribe
sweetness

Word Origin for douceur

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

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