- a person very dear to another; one dearly loved.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
- a person or thing in great favor; a favorite: She was the darling of café society.
- very dear; dearly loved: my darling child.
- favorite; cherished.
- Informal. charming; cute; lovable: What a darling baby!
Origin of darling
- Jay Nor·wood [nawr-woo d] /ˈnɔr wʊd/, Ding, 1876–1962, U.S. political cartoonist.
Examples from the Web for darling
Kerry Washington - Scandal Is there room for only one Shonda Rhimes darling in Best Actress in a Drama?15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
Take Joni Ernst, a GOP darling now favored to be the next senator from Iowa.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
I'm going to use it to stop all arguments in the future, about anything: "Can't make dinner tonight, darling, children might die."Bill Maher Finds the Worst Congressman in America
Ana Marie Cox
October 8, 2014
But Darling makes it very clear that this is not just a show about a pop star, no matter how much buzz his name generates.The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
LSD, an illicit drug with a serious stigma, was once the darling of the psychotherapy world.Psychedelics Are Ready for a Comeback
September 8, 2014
She was saying in a thick, soft voice, "It was wrong of you, my darling."Life and Death of Harriett Frean
You don't know, darling, the wickedness of that villainous baggage.
All the regret I shall have, if I die, my darling, will be to have no child from you.
Go, my darling; call upon the notary, and tell him to be quick about you know what.
She said, 'Do what you like, darling, but don't worry me about it!'The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- a person very much loved: often used as a term of address
- a favouritethe teacher's darling
- much admired; pleasinga darling hat
- Grace. 1815–42, English national heroine, famous for her rescue (1838) of some shipwrecked sailors with her father, a lighthouse keeper
Word Origin and History for darling
Old English deorling "darling, favorite minion," double diminutive of deor "dear" (see dear (adj.)). The vowel shift from -e- to -a- (16c.) is usual for -er- followed by a consonant. "It is better to be An olde mans derlyng, than a yong mans werlyng" (1562).