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darling

noun dar·ling \ ˈdär-liŋ \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of darling

1 : a dearly loved person
2 : favorite
  • a director who is the darling of the critics

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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

Recent Examples of darling from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of darling

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

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darling

adjective

Definition of darling

1 : dearly loved : favorite
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.

Recent Examples of darling from the Web

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First Known Use of darling

15th century

darling Synonyms


Darling

geographical name Dar·ling \ ˈdär-liŋ \

Definition of Darling

river 1702 miles (2738 kilometers) long in southeastern Australia in Queensland and New South Wales flowing southwest into the Murray River

DARLING Defined for English Language Learners

darling

Definition of darling for English Language Learners

  • : a person you love very much

  • : a kind and helpful person

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


darling

Definition of darling for English Language Learners

  • : greatly loved

  • : very pleasing or attractive


DARLING Defined for Kids

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darling

noun dar·ling \ ˈdär-liŋ \

Definition of darling for Students

1 : a dearly loved person
2 : 1favorite
  • He is the darling of golf fans.

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darling

adjective

Definition of darling for Students

1 : dearly loved
  • Come here, darling child.
2 : very pleasing : charming
  • a darling little house


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