- 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.
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water.
- 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.
- 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