Darby and Joan

noun
Dar·​by and Joan | \ ˌdär-bē-ən-ˈjōn How to pronounce Darby and Joan (audio) \

Definition of Darby and Joan

British
: a happily married usually elderly couple

First Known Use of Darby and Joan

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Darby and Joan

probably from Darby & Joan, couple in an 18th century song

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