Borrowing from French douceur (“sweetness”), from Old French dolçor, dulcur, etc., from Latin dulcōr + -em, from dulcis (“sweet”). Naturalized in Middle English but treated as a French loanword from the 17th century onward.
- Sweetness of manner: agreeableness, gentleness.
- (obsolete) Sweet speech: a compliment.
- A sweetener: a gift offered to sweeten another's attitude, a tip or bribe.
- (Britain) A tax break provided as an inducement to sell valuable items (especially art) to public collections rather than on the open market.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "douceur, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1897.
douceur f (plural douceurs)