Darby and Joan



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

Origin of Darby and Joan

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

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Examples from the Web for darby and joan

  • 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) /


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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Word Origin and History for darby and joan

Darby and Joan

1735, characteristic name of an old, happily married couple.

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