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mon chéri

or mon cheri [mon shair-ee]

What does mon chéri mean?

Mon chéri means "my dear" or "sweetheart" in French. It's an adorable term of endearment for a male person someone is fond of, romantically or platonically.

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Where does mon chéri come from?

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The expression mon chéri comes from French. Chéri is from a French verb form for “cherished” and mon is the male personal pronoun “my.”

So, your chéri is someone you prize and treasure. The female equivalent is ma chérie. Mon chéri is sometimes shortened to mon cher.

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Using mon chéri for a particular personas in Mon chéri! or “My love!”goes back to at least the early 18th century.

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The expression mon chéri remains common in French today.

Sometime in in the mid-1800s, cheri (usually without the accent) entered English for “a sweet young woman.” Mon cheri to mean “my darling” or “my sweetheart” appears in English-language publications around that time to reflect the speech of French.

Music legend Stevie Wonder made a soul hit out of a version of mon chéri in his 1969 “My Cherie Amour,” or my darling love.

 

 

Examples of mon chéri

be my only one. and only for me. i'll be your amor. be my mon chéri.
@ramodia05, October, 2018
Hey love, please get well soon! / Please have your meal on time and make sure you take your medicine after. Also please have enough rest, okay? I love you so much, mon chéri♥ @xJOHNNYSUH
@littlezeus, October, 2018
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Who uses mon chéri?

Mon chéri is used to add a French flair to English speech or writing. It’s basically a fancier way to say my boo or honey.

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While the expression is properly written with an acute accent over the E in chéri, English often drops it. English users are also likely to use mon cheri for men or women, unlike the French.

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Mon chéri often has a romantic sense too …

… but in French and English it can also be used as a term of endearment for children.

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