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Friday, September 29, 2017

Definitions for lonely-hearts

  1. of or for people seeking counseling or companionship to bring love or romance into their lives: a lonely-hearts column in the newspaper.

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Citations for lonely-hearts
She told me that she and Dad had met through a lonely hearts column in the local newspaper. Robert Barnard, A Cry from the Dark, 2003
She had once answered a Lonely Hearts advertisement and eaten dinner with a small young man who mended organ pipes. Jeanette Winterson, "O'Brien's First Christmas," The World and Other Places: Stories, 1998
Origin of lonely-hearts
The noun lonely heart in the sense “a lonely or friendless person” and the adjective lonely-hearts, referring especially to a column or feature in a newspaper feature entered English nearly simultaneously. The terms are probably most closely associated with the novel Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West (1903-40). The noun lonely heart entered English in 1932; the adjective lonely-hearts entered English in 1933.