suave

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English suave, borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet); doublet of sweet.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /swɑːv/
  • (US) IPA(key): /swɑv/, /sweɪv/
  • Rhymes: -ɑːv, -eɪv

Adjective[edit]

suave (comparative suaver, superlative suavest)

  1. Charming, confident and elegant.

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Noun[edit]

suave (plural suaves)

  1. Sweet talk.

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References[edit]

  • Paternoster, Lewis M. and Frager-Stone, Ruth. Three Dimensions of Vocabulary Growth. Second Edition. Amsco School Publications: USA. 1998.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French suave, a relatinisation of souef, from Old French soef, from Latin suāvis (sweet, agreeable). The modern form is Latin, but the semantic development of the inherited word is chiefly intact.

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Adjective[edit]

suave (plural suaves)

  1. smooth, suave

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /suˈa.ve/, [s̪uˈäːve̞], (in fast speech) /ˈswa.ve/, [ˈs̪wäːve̞]
  • Rhymes: -ave
  • Hyphenation: su‧à‧ve

Adjective[edit]

suave (masculine and feminine plural suavi)

  1. (literary) Archaic form of soave.
    • 1567, Ricettario fiorentino [Florentine Cookbook]‎[1], page 5:
      L'ACQVA buona debbe eſſere limpida, pura, e netta da ogni altra coſa; mancare di tutte le qualità come odore, ſapore, e colore; eſſere ſuaue al guſto.
      Good water should be transparent, pure, and clear of any other things; [it should] lack qualities such as smell, taste, and color; [it should] be delicate when tasted.

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References[edit]

  • suave in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti

Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From suāvis +‎ .

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Adverb[edit]

suāvē (not comparable)

  1. sweetly, becomingly, pleasantly
    Synonym: suāviter

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Adjective[edit]

suāve

  1. nominative neuter singular of suāvis
  2. accusative neuter singular of suāvis
  3. vocative neuter singular of suāvis

References[edit]

  • suave in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • suave in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin suavis (sweet), from Proto-Italic *swādwis (sweet), from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂dus (sweet).

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Adjective[edit]

suave m or f (plural suaves, comparable)

  1. soft, smooth
  2. gentle, mild
  3. (Brazil, slang) fine, okay

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin suāvis (sweet).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈswabe/, [ˈswaβe]

Adjective[edit]

suave (plural suaves)

  1. smooth, soft, fluffy
    Antonym: áspero
    piel suavesoft (or smooth) skin
    textura suavesoft (or smooth) texture
  2. soft, gentle, light, mild (e.g. mild flavor, a mild winter)
    aterrizaje suavesoft landing
    viento suavegentle wind
    un toque suavea gentle (or soft or light) touch
  3. suave (charming, confident and elegant)
    Synonyms: terso, blando, liso
    Antonyms: áspero, duro
  4. cool, acceptable, easy

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