douceur

[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.

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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bonus, bribe, gift, gratuity, tip

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British Dictionary definitions for douceur

douceur

noun
  1. a gratuity, tip, or bribe
  2. sweetness

Word Origin for douceur

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