EXAMPLES | adjective, dear·er, dear·est. . Archaic Origin of dear 2 before 1000; Middle English dere, Old English dēor brave, bold, severe
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Examples from the Web for derest Historical Examples of derest British Dictionary definitions for derest adjective beloved; precious used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith ( postpositive foll by to) important; close a wish dear to her heart highly priced charging high prices appealing or pretty what a dear little ring! for dear life urgently or with extreme vigour or desperation interjection used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me! noun (often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling adverb dearly his errors have cost him dear Derived Forms dearness, noun Word Origin for dear
dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr
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Word Origin and History for derest adj.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with derest
In addition to the idiom beginning with
for dear life nearest and dearest
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