Meaning of soft centre in English:

soft centre

Pronunciation /ˌsɒf(t) ˈsɛntə/


(US soft center)
  • 1US Designating a mixture of hardened steel and a softer, stronger metal (especially iron) in which the steel is fused to a core made of the other metal, as "soft-centre steel", etc.

    Soft-centre steel is a strong and resilient material with a hard-wearing surface. John Lane (1824–97) is credited with having first developed and patented a technique for making ploughshares from the material.

  • 2 rare Designating a ploughshare consisting of soft metallic core and a hardened metallic surface, especially one made of soft centre steel; designating a plough possessing such a ploughshare.

  • 3Of a chocolate or other confection: = "soft-centred".

  • 4Revealing an essentially compassionate or sentimental nature.


(US soft center)
  • 1A soft filling inside a chocolate or other confection.

  • 2A chocolate or other confection with a soft filling.

  • 3A compassionate or sentimental nature, a tender heart, especially contrasting with a tough exterior.


Mid 19th century. From soft + centre.