adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
- dean, james,
- dear john,
- dear john letter,
- dear me,
- dearborn heights
Origin of dear1
adjective, dear·er, dear·est. Archaic.
Origin of dear2
Examples from the Web for dearer
Prices are dearer at Montmartre than in several other parts of Paris.Paris and the Social Revolution|Alvan Francis Sanborn
The soil of England will always be dearer to us of English descent than any except our own.
Living or dead, she is dearer than all the world to me--I shall not leave her!Wife in Name Only|Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
Saltpetre is dearer in one place than another, being worth one and a half.
Amid those strange people he seemed to her ever nearer, ever dearer, altogether true, and devoted with his whole soul.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
- highly priced
- charging high prices
Word Origin for dear
Old English deore "precious, valuable, costly, loved, beloved," from Proto-Germanic *deurjaz (cf. Old Saxon diuri, Old Norse dyrr, Old Frisian diore, Middle Dutch dure, Dutch duur, Old High German tiuri, German teuer), ultimate origin unknown. Used interjectorily since 1690s. As a polite introductory word to letters, it is attested from mid-15c. As a noun, from late 14c., perhaps short for dear one, etc.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dear
- dear me
- for dear life
- nearest and dearest