darling

noun
dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce darling (audio) \

Definition of darling

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

darling

adjective

Definition of darling (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : dearly loved : favorite
2 : very pleasing : charming

Darling

geographical name
Dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce Darling (audio) \

Definition of Darling (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from darling

Adjective

darlingly \ ˈdär-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce darlingly (audio) \ adverb
darlingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for darling

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Noun

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."

Examples of darling in a Sentence

Noun She was mother's little darling. for a while that candidate was the darling of the news media and could do no wrong Adjective This is my darling daughter, Sara. That dress is just darling.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Franco and his co-writer, the indie-film darling Joe Swanberg, are deft observers of character. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "“The Rental,” a Horror Film About Love, Family, and Airbnb," 7 Aug. 2020 The original series created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter ran from 1984 to 1992 and was a hit for ABC, if not a critical darling. Lynn Elber, Star Tribune, "'Who's the Boss?' gets reboot with Tony Danza, Alyssa Milano," 4 Aug. 2020 This curry powder in particular is a household staple and national darling, beloved for its fresh, bold, and nuanced profile. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, "Trini Stewed Eggplant is Almost Too Simple to Require a Recipe, But I Made You One Anyway," 2 Aug. 2020 Pomona pectin was introduced and became the darling of the no sugar set. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food cooking Q&A: How to make jam with any summer fruit," 29 July 2020 Hickenlooper, the darling of the Democratic establishment in both Colorado and Washington D.C., was defended Friday by not only Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser but also a slew of current and former state politicians who took to Twitter. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff releases attack ad, drawing denunciations from Democrats," 19 June 2020 It's also become a critical darling, taking home an Academy Award earlier this year, after originally starting as a Kickstarter back in 2017. Glamour, "Hair Love, the TV Series: Here’s Everything We Know," 8 July 2020 Your wife, your partner in life, was a darling soul. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Russell Crowe, Maria Shriver, More Pay Tribute to Kelly Preston: 'She Will Be So Missed'," 13 July 2020 Your wife, your partner in life, was a darling soul. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kelly Preston Has Died of Breast Cancer at 57," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Across the way is the most darling wood-burning stove—plus solar, water, battery, and load meters. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Just Wait Until You See the Inside of This Horse Truck-Turned-Tiny Home," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of darling

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for darling

Noun

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

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The first known use of darling was before the 12th century

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12 Aug 2020

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“Darling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darling. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for darling

darling

noun
How to pronounce Darling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of darling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person you love very much
: a kind and helpful person
: someone who is liked very much by a person or group

darling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of darling (Entry 2 of 2)

: greatly loved
informal : very pleasing or attractive

darling

noun
dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce darling (audio) \

Kids Definition of darling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

darling

adjective

Kids Definition of darling (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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