dulcet ˈdəl-sət adjective
1. pleasing to the ear
2. extremely pleasant, in a gentle way
The word dulcet has appeared in eight articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on June 12 in “Can’t Sleep? Let Bob Ross Help You Find Some Happy Little Zzzs” by Laura M. Holson:
For years, insomniacs have been lulled to sleep by the dulcet voice of Bob Ross, the bushy-haired painter whose PBS show, “The Joy of Painting,” rose to popularity in the 1990s and has lately enjoyed a second life on YouTube. Now, the maker of a popular meditation app hopes Mr. Ross will put everyone else to sleep, too.
Calm.com, which produces meditation products, is recasting classic episodes of “The Joy of Painting” into “Sleep Stories,” an audio series designed for restless adults to ease the burden of slumber. It is the first time the company that manages Mr. Ross’s estate has agreed to license audio of the show that turned Mr. Ross into a celebrity and, after his death in 1995, a pop culture favorite.