What does “dolce” mean in italian?

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Discover the sweet versatility of the Italian word dolce! From tantalizing desserts to gentle climates, learn how this delectable term can add a sprinkle of sweetness to your Italian vocabulary and everyday conversations. 🍰🍯

  • Expand Your Vocabulary: Embrace the adjective dolce to describe anything from a sugary treat to a mild climate. It’s a go-to word for all things pleasantly sweet or mild in Italian. 🍬
  • Describe People: Use dolce to compliment someone’s sweet nature or gentle demeanor. It’s perfect for highlighting a kind personality or a tender smile. 😊
  • Discuss Flavors: Chat about your favorite desserts or the sweetness of your coffee by incorporating dolce into the conversation. It’s a tasty way to share your culinary preferences! ☕️🍰
  • Use It as a Noun: Remember, dolce isn’t just an adjective. Use it as a noun when you’re craving a dessert or discussing the concept of sweetness itself. 🧁
  • Embrace Italian Culture: Get cultural and drop phrases like il dolce far niente to express the joy of relaxation, or dolcetto o scherzetto during Halloween festivities. 🎃
  • Compliment Generously: Next time someone cooks for you, tell them how dolce their dish is. It’s a sweet way to show your appreciation and practice your Italian. 👩‍🍳
  • Express Love: Call your significant other your dolce metà (sweet half) to add a touch of Italian romance to your relationship. 💖
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If you have a fondness for sugary foods such as chocolate, cakes, and sweets, you should immediately add the adjective dolce to your Italian lexicon.

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The meaning of dolce in italian

The first definition of dolce in the dictionary is that it is pleasant to taste what is neither bitter, sour, nor salty: “the drink is dolce“, and “honey is too dolce for me.”

Another definition of sweet is without salt: “the dolce water of rivers.

Also means pleasant to the eye: “a dolce show”.

But dolce can also be used as a noun to refer to a dessert.

Let’s see some examples.

The adjective dolce

Dolce is one of those adjectives whose form changes only for the plural, not for the gender. For example:

un mandarino dolce (masculine, singular)

a sweet tangerine

una fragola dolce (feminine, singular)

a sweet strawberry

dei mandarini dolci (masculine, plural)

sweet tangerines

delle fragole dolci (feminine, plural)

sweet strawberries

It can refer to foods or drinks that are naturally sweet, like fruit (frutta), that have been sweetened like coffee (caffè), that are sweeter than other foods or drinks of their kind like a dessert wine (vino), or that have a mild taste like fresh cheese (formaggio fresco).

Just as in English (sweet), dolce has various meanings, all of which denote something pleasant or agreeable.

For example, you can use dolce to describe different facets of a person, including temperament, appearance, personality, or action.

un carattere dolce

a sweet character

un sorriso dolce

a sweet smile

un gesto dolce

a sweet gesture

un viso dolce

a sweet face

When you use the word dolce to talk about the temperature or climate of a place, it means mild or temperate.

un clima dolce

a mild climate

It can also mean malleable in reference to metals or gentle when talking about the steepness of a slope or a breeze.

While hard water is literally called acqua dura, soft water is known in Italian as acqua dolce (literally sweet water).

The term marinaio d’acqua dolce refers to an inexperienced person.

Dolce also has the meaning alternative when referring to medicine.

medicina dolce

alternative medicine

Dolce as a noun

Dolce is not only an adjective but also a masculine noun meaning dessert.

Although occasionally the word dessert is used, dolce is more common.

Vuoi ordinare un dolce?

Do you want to order a dessert?

Another meaning for the noun dolce is sweet to taste or sweetness, in which case it is preceded by the determiner il (which).

You can find it this way in the phrase il dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), made famous by the movie Eat Pray Love.

You may also hear the diminutive dolcino or dolcetto, both meaning small cakes or small pastries.

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The latter is also the name of a famous black Italian grape variety that is widely grown in the Piedmont region.

Dolcetto also appears in the Halloween expression Dolcetto o scherzetto! (Trick or treat!)

Others example of dolce

Some common words and expressions in which dolce occurs are:

casa dolce casa

home sweet home

la dolce vita

the sweet life

la mia dolce metà

my other (better) half

essere in dolce attesa

to be pregnant

essere al dolce

to be just finished (with a meal)

ghiotto di dolci

to have a sweet tooth

Do your dolce vita

Try complimenting your partner in Italian, and you’ll see how she responds to the dolce sound of Italian words.

Tell your mother how delicious the dolce she baked is.

Sweeten your vocabulary with this versatile Italian word.

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  1. “Dolce” in Italian means “sweet”! It’s often used to describe desserts and anything that’s pleasurable to the taste buds. It’s a beautiful word that perfectly captures the essence of indulgence.

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