Darby and Joan


noun

a happily married elderly couple who lead a placid, uneventful life.

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Origin of Darby and Joan

Named after a couple mentioned in an 18th-century song

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  • It could not begin at once then, that Darby-and-Joan pairing-off that so suitable match which little Olwen had planned.

British Dictionary definitions for Darby and Joan

Darby and Joan
/ (ˈdɑːbɪ) /

noun

an ideal elderly married couple living in domestic harmony
Darby and Joan Club a club for elderly people

Word Origin for Darby and Joan

C18: a couple in an 18th-century English ballad
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