What does bittersweet mean?

bittersweet meaning in General Dictionary

any such thing that is bittersweet

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  • nice after which bitter or bitter and sweet esp sweet with a bitter after style for this reason Fig pleasant but painful
  • having a taste that is a combination of bitterness and sweetness
  • tinged with sadness
  • toxic perennial old-world vine having violet blossoms and oval coral-red berries; extensive weed in North America
  • twining shrub of North America having yellowish capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
  • nice and then bitter or bitter after which sweet; esp. nice with a bitter after style; ergo (Fig.), pleasant but painful.
  • Everything which is bittersweet.
  • a type of apple so called.
  • A climbing shrub, with oval coral-red fruits (Solanum dulcamara); woody nightshade. Your whole plant is toxic, and has a style initially sweetish after which sour. The limbs are the officinal dulcamara.
  • An American woody climber (Celastrus scandens), whose yellow capsules open belated in autumn, and reveal the red aril which covers the seeds; -- also referred to as Roxbury waxwork.

bittersweet meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally bitter-sweet, belated 14c. as a noun; used especially in center English of a kind of apple, from sour (adj.) + nice (adj.). As an adjective, attested from 1610s.


bittersweet meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Sweet then sour or sour after which nice; esp. sweet with a bitter after style; ergo (Fig.), pleasant but painful.

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  • (n.) such a thing that is bittersweet.
  • (n.) A kind of apple so-called.
  • (n.) A climbing shrub, with oval coral-red fruits (Solanum dulcamara); woody nightshade. The whole plant is poisonous, and contains a taste in the beginning sweetish and then bitter. The limbs would be the officinal dulcamara.
  • (n.) An American woody climber (Celastrus scandens), whose yellow capsules available late in autumn, and disclose the red aril which covers the seeds; -- also known as Roxbury waxwork.

Sentence Examples with the word bittersweet

His bittersweet chocolate gaze wandered over her face in search of something, or maybe he was digesting the information.

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