AskDefine | Define bittersweet

Dictionary Definition

bittersweet adj
1 tinged with sadness; "a movie with a bittersweet ending"
2 having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness [syn: semisweet]

Noun

1 poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America [syn: bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, deadly nightshade, poisonous nightshade, woody nightshade, Solanum dulcamara]
2 twining shrub of North America having three-valved yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds [syn: American bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork, Celastrus scandens]

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English

Adjective

  1. both bitter and sweet
  2. expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure

Translations

both bitter and sweet
expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure

Noun

  1. a vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds
  2. the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

Translations

a vine, of the genus Celastrus
the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

Extensive Definition

Bittersweet refers to a combination of the standard tastes of sweetness and bitterness, and is often used as a metaphor for experiences which have elements of both happiness and sadness.
The term may also refer to:

Biology

Music

  • , an electronic band.
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