- 1 [countable] (British English) a small piece of sweet food, usually made with sugar and/or chocolate and eaten between meals synonym candy a packet of boiled sweets a sweet shop I was sucking a boiled sweet. See related entries: Sweets and desserts
- 2 [countable, uncountable] (British English) a sweet dish eaten at the end of a meal synonym afters, dessert, pudding I haven't made a sweet today. Would you like some more sweet? See related entries: Sweets and desserts, Types of meal person
- 3[uncountable] (old-fashioned) a way of addressing somebody that you like or love Don't you worry, my sweet. Word Origin Old English swēte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoet, German süss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suavis and Greek hēdus.