Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Money given as a tip, gratuity, or bribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Gentleness and sweetness of manner; agreeableness.
  • n. A gift for service done or to be done; an honorarium; a present; sometimes, a bribe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gentleness and sweetness of manner; agreeableness.
  • n. A gift for service done or to be done; an honorarium; a present; sometimes, a bribe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sweetness or mildness of manner; kindness; gentleness.
  • n. A conciliatory offering; a present or gift; a reward; a bribe.
  • n. A kind or agreeable remark; a compliment.

Etymologies

French, from Late Latin dulcor, sweetness, from Latin dulcis, sweet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Still, it doesn't quite have the ring that cumshaw has, does it?

    December 12, 2011

  • According to OED douceur entered English from French late in the 14th century, so that it appears not to have been taken in earlier from Norman French.

    December 12, 2011

  • "Furthermore, at shocking cost in douceurs to the Dutch, he set a band of brilliant Chinese carpenters to work, changing the ordinary carronade-slides to those with an inclined plane to absorb much of the recoil."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 97

    March 6, 2008