Quick answer
"Cute" is an adjective which is often translated as "lindo", and "sweet" is an adjective which is often translated as "dulce". Learn more about the difference between "cute" and "sweet" below.
cute(
kyut
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (attractive)
a. lindo
You have such a cute puppy!¡Tienes un cachorro muy lindo!
b. precioso
I saw a cute baby at the park.Vi un bebé precioso en el parque.
c. mono
What a cute dress!¡Qué mono tu vestido!
d. rico (colloquial) (Southern Cone)
I want to adopt that cute kitten we saw.Quiero adoptar esa gatita rica que vimos.
e. guapo
There's a really cute guy in that movie.Hay un tipo bien guapo en esa película.
2. (clever)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. listo
She was sent to the office for giving cute answers in class.La mandaron a la oficina por dar repuestas listas en clase.
b. vivo
That kid is going to get himself in trouble if he keeps up the cute attitude.Ese chico se va a meter en problemas si sigue con esa actitud viva.
3. (affected)
a. afectado
You can drop that cute accent; I know you're not Italian.Puedes dejar ese acento afectado; sé que no eres italiano.
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sweet(
swit
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sugary)
a. dulce
We will serve a sweet wine with the dessert.Serviremos un vino dulce con el postre.
2. (pleasant)
a. dulce (sound, music)
It was good to hear the sweet sound of her voice again.Estuvo bien volver a oír el dulce sonido de su voz.
b. melodioso (sound, music)
They danced to the sweet strains of the flutes.Bailaban al melodioso son de las flautas.
c. fragante (smell)
The sweet scent of jasmine filled the air.El aire estaba cargado del fragante aroma del jazmín.
3. (fresh, pure)
a. limpio (air)
Mateo filled his lungs with sweet mountain air.Mateo llenó los pulmones con el aire limpio de las montañas.
b. dulce (water)
The well water was sweet and cool.El agua del pozo estaba dulce y fresca.
4. (kind)
a. amable
It was sweet of you to buy the tickets.Fue amable de tu parte comprar los boletos.
5. (delightful)
a. mono
What a sweet puppy! Can I hold him?¡Qué cachorro más mono! ¿Lo puedo cargar?
b. rico
Your baby's so sweet I could eat him!¡Tu bebé es tan rico que me lo podría comer!
c. amoroso
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Isn't he sweet? What's his name?¡Qué amoroso! ¿Cómo se llama?
6. (gratifying)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was sweet revenge for the defeat of last week.Fue una dulce venganza por la derrota de la semana pasada.
She is enjoying the sweet smell of success.Está disfrutando las mieles del éxito.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (candy) (United Kingdom)
a. el caramelo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The dentist told me to eat fewer sweets.El dentista me dijo que comiera menos caramelos.
b. el dulce
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I bought some sweets for the kids.Compré unos dulces para los niños.
c. la golosina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My uncle always used to bring me sweets when he came to visit.Mi tío siempre me traía golosinas cuando venía a visitarnos.
8. (dessert) (United Kingdom)
a. el postre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm saving room for a sweet.Estoy dejando espacio para un postre.
9. (form of address)
a. el cielo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Good morning, my sweet!¡Buenos días, mi cielo!
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(terrific)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I got tickets for the concert. - Sweet!Conseguí entradas para el concierto. - ¡Genial!
b. chévere
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Tomorrow is going to be a nice day. - Sweet! Shall we go to the beach?Mañana hará buen día. - Chévere! ¿Vamos a la playa?
c. qué padre
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I'm going to Ibiza on vacation. - Sweet! I'm really jealous.Me voy a Ibiza de vacaciones. - ¡Qué padre! Me das mucha envidia.
d. qué guay
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
My parents are going to buy me a car. - Sweet! Will you let me drive it?Mis padres me van a comprar un coche. - ¡Qué guay! ¿Me dejarás conducirlo?
sweets
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11. (sugary foods)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. los dulces
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Don't fill up on sweets before dinner.No te llenes de dulces antes de la cena.
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