sweet·​heart | \ ˈswēt-ˌhärt \

Definition of sweetheart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : darling
2 : one who is loved
3 : a generally likable person
4 : a remarkable one of its kind



Definition of sweetheart (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to an agreement between an employer and a labor union official arranged privately for their benefit usually at the expense of the workers a sweetheart contract broadly : arranged in private for the benefit of a few at the expense of many a sweetheart deal

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Synonyms for sweetheart

Synonyms: Noun

beloved, darling, dear, flame, hon, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetie, sweetie pie, truelove

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Examples of sweetheart in a Sentence


Be a sweetheart and help your grandmother. She is such a little sweetheart.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the town's police officers and Liz's old high school sweetheart. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Roswell, New Mexico"," 12 Dec. 2018 Internet sweetheart Ariana Grande’s four-part YouTube series is up and ready to stream. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 Jesse is joined in his misadventures by his childhood sweetheart and partner in crime, Tulip (Ruth Negga, Loving, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and a hard-partying, sweetly profane Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, Misfits). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 America's sweetheart, @BrookeShields, embraces her #PowerSuit. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Brooke Shields Looks Incredible in Swimsuits for All's Latest Campaign," 22 May 2018 Book a Saturday night table here for you and your sweetheart; the crowd is low-key, and the food is serious, but hearty. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beignets in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 The report was commissioned in April by President Trump, who has regularly claimed that Amazon.com Inc. gets a sweetheart deal on package shipping from the Postal Service. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "U.S. Proposal Would Let Postal Service Sell Access to Your Mailbox," 11 Dec. 2018 The Amazon deal The debate over Amazon’s sweetheart deals with New York and Virginia extended into a second day. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Where’s the romantic drama all about the love triangle between Wilde, Bram Stoker and Florence Balcombe, Oscar’s childhood sweetheart who ended up marrying the Dracula writer instead? Constance Grady, Vox, "Russian publishers are deleting queer characters from books," 10 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In exchange for a sweetheart deal, the company will bring tens of thousands of high-paying jobs and spend $5 billion in capital expenditures. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "The Amazon Sweepstakes Racket," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sweetheart


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweetheart was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sweetheart

: a person you love very much

—used to address someone you love

: a kind or helpful person : someone who is very nice


sweet·​heart | \ ˈswēt-ˌhärt \

Kids Definition of sweetheart

: a person whom someone loves

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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