darling

[ dahr-ling ]
/ ˈdɑr lɪŋ /

noun

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.

adjective

very dear; dearly loved: my darling child.
favorite; cherished.
Informal. charming; cute; lovable: What a darling baby!

Origin of darling

before 900; Middle English derling, Old English dēorling. See dear1, -ling1
Related formsdar·ling·ly, adverbdar·ling·ness, noun

Definition for darling (2 of 2)

Darling

[ dahr-ling ]
/ ˈdɑr lɪŋ /

noun

Jay Nor·wood [nawr-woo d] /ˈnɔr wʊd/, Ding, 1876–1962, U.S. political cartoonist.

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British Dictionary definitions for darling (1 of 2)

darling

/ (ˈdɑːlɪŋ) /

noun

a person very much loved: often used as a term of address
a favouritethe teacher's darling

adjective (prenominal)

beloved
much admired; pleasinga darling hat

Word Origin for darling

Old English dēorling; see dear, -ling 1

British Dictionary definitions for darling (2 of 2)

Darling

/ (ˈdɑːlɪŋ) /

noun

Grace. 1815–42, English national heroine, famous for her rescue (1838) of some shipwrecked sailors with her father, a lighthouse keeper

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