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.
    a man with a suave demeanor

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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, borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant), replacing the inherited form souef (in use until the 17th century), from Old French soef, suef (sweet, mild, agreeable, tranquil, peaceful), descendants of which live on in other Oïl languages.

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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/
  • Rhymes: -ave
  • Hyphenation: su‧à‧ve

Adjective[edit]

suave (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, Olivetti Media Communication

Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Adverbial use of the neuter singular adjective.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈsu̯aː.u̯e/, [ˈs̠u̯äːu̯ɛ]
  • (Classical) IPA(key): /suˈaː.u̯e/, [s̠uˈäːu̯ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /suˈa.ve/, [suˈäːve]
  • Note: the v is found scanned as either a vowel or a consonant, with Romance descendants typically reflecting the former.

Adverb[edit]

suāve (not comparable)

  1. sweetly, becomingly, pleasantly
    Synonym: suāviter

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Adjective[edit]

suāve

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of suāvis

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin suāvis (sweet, pleasant).

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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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