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sweetheart

[sweet-hahrt] /ˈswitˌhɑrt/
noun
1.
either of a pair of lovers in relation to the other.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
3.
a beloved person.
4.
Informal. a generous, friendly person.
5.
Informal. anything that arouses loyal affection:
My old car was a real sweetheart.
Origin of sweetheart
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, sweetheart is from the Middle English word swete herte. See sweet, heart
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  • A "bronch fighter" is not more jealous of his sweetheart than of his reputation as a rider.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He could not have her for a sweetheart, if she shared her love with other men.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Some o' the men said she was his sweetheart, but he don't look like that kind.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "Don't worry about me, sweetheart," he replied in a well controlled voice.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Her sweetheart was named Gadern, and he was a young and strong hunter.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for sweetheart

sweetheart

/ˈswiːtˌhɑːt/
noun
1.
a person loved by another
2.
(informal) a lovable, generous, or obliging person
3.
a term of endearment for a beloved or lovable person
adjective
4.
of or relating to a garment with a sweetheart neckline: sweetheart cardigan
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Word Origin and History for sweetheart
n.

late 13c. as a form of address, 1570s as a synonym for "loved one;" from sweet (adj.) + heart. As an adjective, with reference to labor contracts, it is attested from 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweetheart

sweetheart

noun

  1. Something excellent; a cherished and valuable object; honey:See that sweetheart of a car? (1942+)
  2. A pleasant person; doll: Wait'll you meet her father, he's a sweetheart (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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