The two men that had so long been nearer and dearer to each other than brothers never again interchanged one word.
My parents are dear to me, but my duty to God is dearer still.
And for the first time Nigel comprehended that the fortunes of Wallenstein were dearer to her heart than a lover's passion.
But under the cheerfulness Elsie heard something other and dearer.
There she had won fame, and a dearer thing yet, honor, which needs not to be known in order to shed its lonely comfort.
To any one else I should say that a regent would be dearer, but to you, chevalier, I have only one price.
A term once dearer than brother, but the habit of short cruises is weakening it.
Her lover was beneath her in condition, yet she loved him still the dearer.
But the enthusiast and the patriot spoke not at that hour only of himself, or that dearer self, the only being he had loved.
None are so desolate but something dear, dearer than self, possesses or possess'd.
Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.