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darling

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noun dar·ling \ˈdär-liŋ\

Simple Definition of darling

  • : a person you love very much

  • : a kind and helpful person

  • : someone who is liked very much by a person or group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of darling

  1. 1 :  a dearly loved person

  2. 2 :  favorite <a director who is the darling of the critics>

Examples of darling in a sentence

  1. She was mother's little darling.

  2. <for a while that candidate was the darling of the news media and could do no wrong>



Did You Know?

The origins of "darling" can be found in the very heart of the English language; its earliest known uses can be traced back to Old English writings from the 9th century. Old English "deorling" was formed by attaching the Old English suffix -ling ("one associated with or marked by a specified quality") with the adjective "dēore," the ancestor of our adjective "dear" ("regarded very affectionately or fondly," "highly valued or esteemed," "beloved"). English speakers appear to have developed a fondness for "darling" and have held on to it for over a thousand years now. And though its spelling has changed over time - including variations such as "dyrling," "derlinge," and "dearling" - "darling" has maintained its original sense of "one dearly loved."

Origin of darling

Middle English derling, from Old English dēorling, from dēore dear


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with darling


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darling

adjective dar·ling

Simple Definition of darling

  • : greatly loved

  • : very pleasing or attractive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of darling

  1. 1 :  dearly loved :  favorite

  2. 2 :  very pleasing :  charming

darlingly play \-liŋ-lē\ adverb
darlingness noun

Examples of darling in a sentence

  1. This is my darling daughter, Sara.

  2. That dress is just darling.



15th Century

First Known Use of darling

15th century


Darling

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geographical name Dar·ling \ˈdär-liŋ\

Definition of Darling

  1. river ab 1700 miles (2735 kilometers) SE Australia in Queensland & New South Wales flowing SW into Murray River



Rhymes with darling


DARLING Defined for Kids

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darling

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noun dar·ling \ˈdär-liŋ\

Definition of darling for Students

  1. 1 :  a dearly loved person

  2. 2 :  1favorite <He is the darling of golf fans.>




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darling

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adjective dar·ling

Definition of darling for Students

  1. 1 :  dearly loved <Come here, darling child.>

  2. 2 :  very pleasing :  charming <a darling little house>





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