en·​dear·​ment | \ in-ˈdir-mənt How to pronounce endearment (audio) \

Definition of endearment

1 : a word or an act (such as a caress) expressing affection
2 : the act or process of endearing

Examples of endearment in a Sentence

two lovers whispering endearments to each other
Recent Examples on the Web But that doesn’t mean that all terms of endearment are created equal. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 Two married people enjoying some missionary-position boinking and enthusiastic oral endearment. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 1 Feb. 2022 Graffiti served as a form of expression, often consisting of terms of endearment or quotations. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Yet as the summit began, Xi seemed determined to reiterate his camaraderie with Biden — reviving what, depending on one’s perspective, is either a term of endearment or an unwelcome moniker. Seung Min Kim, Ashley Parker And Ellen Nakashima, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 The Man have home-state ties -- a twist of endearment to an otherwise bitter cocktail. Nathan Rizzo | Special To The Oregonian, oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 Levi’s script is similarly raw—even during fights, the characters use terms of endearment, exposing their intimacy. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2021 The name comes from a nickname; endearment is quite literally baked into the DNA of the brand. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 It’s a Spanish term of endearment for someone who is a wanderer or who has creative wanderlust. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of endearment

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Endearment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endearment. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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en·​dear·​ment | \ in-ˈdir-mənt How to pronounce endearment (audio) \

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: a word or an act that shows love or affection


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