something that sweetens, as sugar or a low-calorie synthetic product used instead of sugar.
an added inducement: such sweeteners as tax breaks and low-cost loans.

Origin of sweetener

First recorded in 1640–50; sweeten + -er1
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Contemporary Examples of sweetener

Historical Examples of sweetener

  • Grace is a sweetener and embellisher of life, and as such is worthy of cultivation.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Sweetener, a person who runs up the prices of articles at an auction.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Be the sweetener of tart speeches; be the sunshine that drives away the clouds.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard

  • We learned from you that it was the sweetener of every thought and every act of the day.

    Father Brighthopes

    John Townsend Trowbridge

  • And he put the Sweetener to his lips and whistled the Plough up to him.

    The Field of Clover

    Laurence Housman

British Dictionary definitions for sweetener



a sweetening agent, esp one that does not contain sugar
informal a bribe
informal a financial inducement
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