adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
Origin of dear1
Synonyms for dear
adjective, dear·er, dear·est. Archaic.
Origin of dear2
Examples from the Web for dearest
Contemporary Examples of dearest
“Dearest ladies with families,” he begins, sitting in a suit in a well-decorated room.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story
November 21, 2014
Dearest love to you, every day, always, dearest potato-pipe.Leonard Bernstein Asked About Hemingway, So Martha Gellhorn Set the Record Straight
Leonard Bernstein, Martha Gellhorn
October 27, 2013
His subsequent marriages were primarily to form alliances with his nearest and dearest as well as with more remote followers.Mohammad Was Not a Womanizer, and Other Common Misconceptions About Islam Debunked
Olga M. Davidson
September 13, 2012
But nearest and dearest to his heart is his humanitarian work.Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas Sounds Off on Republicans at the DNC
September 6, 2012
“My dearest friend and my most trusted confidante to this day is Janice Ward,” Moceanu writes.11 Juiciest Bits from Dominique Moceanu’s Memoir, ‘Off Balance’
June 19, 2012
Historical Examples of dearest
Moreover, I believe, dearest Eudora, that half your wrongs are in your own imagination.
And still, dearest Philothea, your heart speaks the same language.
"Dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.
Yes, dearest Philothea; but not till she had first told me of her own marriage with Geta.
With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined.
- 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