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.

Nearby words

  1. sweetcorn,
  2. sweeten,
  3. sweeten the kitty,
  4. sweetener,
  5. sweetening,
  6. sweetheart agreement,
  7. sweetheart contract,
  8. sweetheart neckline,
  9. sweetie,
  10. sweetie pie

Origin of sweetheart

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

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Examples from the Web for sweetheart

British Dictionary definitions for sweetheart



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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Word Origin and History for sweetheart



late 13c. as a form of address, 1570s as a synonym for "loved one;" from sweet (adj.) + heart. As an adjective, with reference to labor contracts, it is attested from 1959.

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