- The definition of bittersweet is a combination of both bitter and sweet, or an emotional feeling that is a mixture of both happy and sad.
- An example of bittersweet is chocolate made with only a small amount of sugar.
- An example of bittersweet is graduation from college.
- Bittersweet is defined as a climbing plant in the nightshade family or Celastrus genus, or the emotion that joins joy and sadness.
- An example of bittersweet is a woody nightshade vine with small orange fruits.
- An example of bittersweet is the state of ending college.
A bittersweet nightshade plant.
- ☆ a North American twining woody vine (Celastrus scandens) of the staff-tree family, with poisonous leaves, and bearing clusters of small orange fruits with bright-red fleshy seeds
- a poisonous, climbing European vine (Solanum dulcamara) of the nightshade family, with purple flowers and red berries, now widely found as a weed in North America
- bitterness and sweetness combined
- pleasure mixed with overtones of sadness
- both bitter and sweet, as dark chocolate made with little sugar
- pleasant with overtones of sadness
- Bitter and sweet at the same time: bittersweet chocolate.
- Producing or expressing a mixture of pain and pleasure: a movie with a bittersweet ending.
- Dark to deep reddish-orange.
- Any of various woody vines of the genus Celastrus, especially C. scandens, native to North America, and C. orbiculata, an eastern Asian species that is widespread in North America, having small, round, yellow-orange fruits that open at maturity to expose red seeds. Also called staff tree, staff vine.
- See bittersweet nightshade.
- A dark to deep reddish orange.
Origin of bittersweetN., sense 1, after its bark, which has a bitter, then an unpleasant sweetish taste when chewed.
(comparative more bittersweet, superlative most bittersweet)