[ sweet-hahrt ]
/ ˈswitˌhɑrt /


either of a pair of lovers in relation to the other.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
a beloved person.
Informal. a generous, friendly person.
Informal. anything that arouses loyal affection: My old car was a real sweetheart.


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Origin of sweetheart

First recorded in 1250–1300, sweetheart is from the Middle English word swete herte. See sweet, heart
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British Dictionary definitions for sweetheart

/ (ˈswiːtˌhɑːt) /


a person loved by another
informal a lovable, generous, or obliging person
a term of endearment for a beloved or lovable person


of or relating to a garment with a sweetheart necklinesweetheart cardigan
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