adjective, dear·er, dear·est.
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Origin of dear1
synonym study for dear
OTHER WORDS FROM deardearly, adverbdearness, noun
Definition for dear (2 of 2)
adjective, dear·er, dear·est.Archaic.
Origin of dear2
Example sentences from the Web for dear
Ah, my dears, I hope no one of you will ever be tempted as I was tempted then.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
"I am not in the least tired, thank you, dears," she replied.The Yates Pride|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"Now go to your plays, dears, and let sister rest till she feels better," said their mother.Mildred Keith|Martha Finley
I believe it will astonish you, too, my dears, when you hear it.The Road to Oz|L. Frank Baum
Nay, my dears, why blush at being detected in your everyday pursuits?Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for dear
- highly priced
- charging high prices
Derived forms of deardearness, noun
Word Origin for dear
Idioms and Phrases with dear
In addition to the idiom beginning with dear
- dear me
- for dear life
- nearest and dearest