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!

Nearby words

  1. darksome,
  2. darktown,
  3. darky,
  4. darlan,
  5. darlene,
  6. darling downs,
  7. darling range,
  8. darling river,
  9. darling's disease,
  10. darling, jay norwood

Origin of darling

before 900; Middle English derling, Old English dēorling. See dear1, -ling1

Related formsdar·ling·ly, adverbdar·ling·ness, noun

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

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

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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Word Origin and History for darling

darling

Old English deorling "darling, favorite minion," double diminutive of deor "dear" (see dear (adj.)). The vowel shift from -e- to -a- (16c.) is usual for -er- followed by a consonant. "It is better to be An olde mans derlyng, than a yong mans werlyng" (1562).

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