semisweet

[sem-ee-sweet, sem-ahy-]

adjective

somewhat sweet; containing a small amount of sweetening: a semisweet cookie; semisweet chocolate.

Origin of semisweet

First recorded in 1950–55; semi- + sweet
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Word Origin and History for semisweet
adj.

also semi-sweet, 1943, from semi- + sweet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper