endearment

[ en-deer-muh nt ]
/ ɛnˈdɪər mənt /

noun

the act of endearing.
the state of being endeared.
something that endears; an action or utterance showing affection: to murmur endearments.

Nearby words

  1. endaural,
  2. endbrain,
  3. endcap,
  4. endear,
  5. endearing,
  6. endeavor,
  7. endeavour,
  8. endecott,
  9. endecott, john,
  10. ended

Origin of endearment

First recorded in 1605–15; endear + -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for endearment

endearment

/ (ɪnˈdɪəmənt) /

noun

something that endears, such as an affectionate utterance
the act or process of endearing or the condition of being endeared
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Word Origin and History for endearment

endearment

n.

"act of endearing," 1610s, from endear + -ment. Meaning "obligation of gratitude" is from 1620s; that of "action expressive of love" is from 1702.

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