endearment

noun
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 Yobo is a term of endearment used in Korean culture that translates to honey or darling, predominantly between married couples. Allison Norlian, Forbes, "Korean American Mom Creates Soju Paying Homage To Her Roots—Donates To Pandemic Relief And To Stop Asian Discrimination," 15 Apr. 2021 That’s the assigned endearment your American grandchildren use. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 Long used as a nickname for the crown, the term alludes to the royals' exclusive, business-like operation—meant to express both endearment and criticism. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, "The Firm" Is a Nickname for the Royal Family," 4 Mar. 2021 Mensch is a Jewish term of endearment for someone who is kind and considerate, who can be called on for help without expectation of payment in return. Allan Ripp, WSJ, "A Humble Mensch With Vanity Plates," 2 Mar. 2021 That’s the assigned endearment your American grandchildren use. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 That’s the assigned endearment your American grandchildren use. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 That’s the assigned endearment your American grandchildren use. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 The phrase is seen as an affectionate term of endearment in South America but considered offensive in other parts of the world, because its meaning can be misconstrued. Aleks Klosok And John Sinnott, CNN, "Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani handed three-match ban by FA over social media post," 31 Dec. 2020

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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 16 May. 2021.

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endearment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of endearment

: a word or phrase that shows love or affection

endearment

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

Kids Definition of endearment

: a word or an act that shows love or affection

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