how to pronounce bittersweet


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the above transcription of bittersweet is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

bittersweet is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of bittersweet in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… up in a warm funny bittersweet film that …”

meanings of bittersweet


  1. A vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruit that open to reveal red seeds.
  2. Any variety of clam in the family Glycymerididae.
  3. Bittersweetness.
  4. Solanum dulcamara.
  5. A pinkish-orange color. Any color in between scarlet and orange.
  6. A variety of apple with a bittersweet taste.


  1. Of bittersweet color.
  2. 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.
  3. Both bitter and sweet.

bittersweet frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word bittersweet occurs in english on average 5.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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