Bittersweet meaning

bĭt'ər-swēt'
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.

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Both bitter and sweet, as dark chocolate made with little sugar.
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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.
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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.
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A dark to deep reddish orange.
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Producing or expressing a mixture of pain and pleasure.

A movie with a bittersweet ending.

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Pleasant with overtones of sadness.
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A variety of apple with a bittersweet taste.
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Bitter and sweet at the same time.

Bittersweet chocolate.

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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.

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Dark to deep reddish-orange.
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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.
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Both bitter and sweet.
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Expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure.

The break-up was very bittersweet; they both hurt to end it, but were glad it was over.

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A vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds.
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The bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara.
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Origin of bittersweet

  • N., sense 1, after its bark, which has a bitter, then an unpleasant sweetish taste when chewed
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Wiktionary