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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Sweet
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  1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
  2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense. "The breath of these flowers is sweet to me." [Longfellow.]
  3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice; a sweet singer. "To make his English sweet upon his tongue." [Chaucer.]"A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful." [Hawthorne.]
  4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion. " Sweet interchange Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains." [Milton.]
  5. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water.
  6. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread. Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as, sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.
  7. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners."Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?" [Job xxxviii. 31.]"Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one established rule of Christian working." [M. Arnold.]
    synonyms: Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.

Note: Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured, sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.

Etymology: OE. swete swote sote, AS. swēte; akin to OFries. swēte, OS. swōti, D. zoet, G. süss, OHG. suozi, Icel. sætr sœtr, Sw. söt, Dan. söd, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for suadvis, Gr. �, Skr. svādu sweet, svad svād, to sweeten. √175. Cf. Assuage Suave Suasion

noun Sweet
Senses
  1. That which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural.
    1. Confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc.
    2. Home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc.
  2. That which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume."A wilderness of sweets." [Milton.]
  3. That which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life."A little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet." [Locke.]
  4. One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment."Wherefore frowns my sweet?" [B. Jonson.]
adverb Sweet
Sweetly.
verb Sweet
To sweeten.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The property of tasting as if it contains sugar
  2. The taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
  3. A food rich in sugar
  4. A dish served as the last course of a meal
  5. English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912)
  6. Having a natural fragrance
  7. Not containing or composed of salt water
  8. Having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub ("a sweet disposition")
  9. Pleasing to the ear
  10. Pleasing to the mind or feeling ("sweet revenge")
  11. Pleasing to the senses ("the sweet song of the lark" and "the sweet face of a child")
  12. With sweetening added
  13. (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content ("sweet dessert wines")
  14. Having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
  15. Not soured or preserved ("sweet milk")
  16. In an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly') ("Susan Hayward plays the wife sharply and sweetly", "how sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank", and "talking sweet to each other")
Wiktionary

From Middle English sweete, swete, from Old English swēte (“sweet”), from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz (“sweet”), from Proto-Indo-European *swéh₂dus (“sweet”). Cognate with Scots sweit, North Frisian sweete, West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød, Swedish söt,Norwegian søt, Latin suāvis (“sweet”).

  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, Britain) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, Britain) A food eaten for dessert.
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  4. sweetheart; darling.
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
  6. (obsolete) That which is pleasing or welcome to the mind.
    the of domestic life

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sweet

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Popularity of Sweet as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sweet U.S.
  White 85.15% 64.26%
  African American 8.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.88% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sweet

People with the last name Sweet are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sweet

  • How Popular is the name Sweet? Sweet is the 42,576th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sweet was the 1,169th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sweet have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 65 babies born with the first name Sweet in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sweet? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sweet first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sweet is Wednesday, May 31st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Sweet born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sweet was in 2001 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Sweet: Your name in reverse order is Teews. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eswet. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sweet? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 30,051 people with the last name Sweet.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sweet? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Sweet as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.