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darling

noun dar·ling \ ˈdär-liŋ \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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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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 and Etymology of darling

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

darling Synonyms


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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

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

noun

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

adjective

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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