suave

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English suave, borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant); 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, from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant), replacing the inherited souef, from Old French soef, suef (sweet, mild, agreeable, tranquil, peaceful), which was supplanted in form and meaning during the 17th cent. together with its derivatives, and survives only in the dialects.

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Adjective[edit]

suave (plural suaves)

  1. (especially of persons and their speech) smooth and graceful, polite, polished, 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]

Adverbial use of the neuter singular adjective.

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Adverb[edit]

suāve (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]

Borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant).

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Adjective[edit]

suave m or f (plural suaves, comparable)

  1. soft, smooth
    Synonyms: macio, liso
  2. gentle, mild
  3. (Brazil, slang) fine, okay

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant).

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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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