adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
Origin of dear1
Synonyms for dear
Related Words for dearsvaluable, honey, pet, familiar, darling, close, intimate, high, steep, fancy, stiff, sweetheart, heartthrob, love, treasure, favorite, lover, loved, precious, respected
Examples from the Web for dears
Historical Examples of dears
"I am not in the least tired, thank you, dears," she replied.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
With regard to the fluted pillars in the portico, my dears—'
Nay, my dears, why blush at being detected in your everyday pursuits?
She has nothing to gain from me, my dears, and she knows it.'
My dears, I have my thoughts upon the subject, but I will not impart them.
- 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