sweetheart

noun
sweet·​heart | \ ˈswēt-ˌhärt How to pronounce sweetheart (audio) \

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

sweetheart

adjective

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1945 Jim married his childhood friend and sweetheart Helen McGuire. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/14," 14 June 2019 Outside the courtroom, his mother, Patricia Davis, said these witnesses were enticed to testify against her son with sweetheart plea deals. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Murder suspect takes stand, denies pulling trigger in Canton street killing of bartender," 13 June 2019 Women were also on the front lines of horror and suffering, with countless numbers subjected to mass rapes by advancing soldiers who often carried love-letters and keep-sakes from sweethearts waiting back home, millions of whom became widows. Washington Post, "Women at war: Backstage heroines in D-Day’s 75th anniversary," 8 June 2019 Women were also on the front lines of horror and suffering, with countless numbers subjected to mass rapes by advancing soldiers who often carried love-letters and keep-sakes from sweethearts waiting back home, millions of whom became widows. Fox News, "Women at war: Backstage heroines in D-Day's 75th anniversary," 8 June 2019 Childhood sweethearts Lou Basso and Diane Basso trained for their first together through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program in 2003. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "This Ironman Couple Redefines Going the Distance," 2 June 2019 Taylor Swift's music has certainly evolved throughout her career, as the 29-year-old has gone from country sweetheart to pop star in just a few years time. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "How Tall Is Taylor Swift? All About How the Singer Became Comfortable With Her Height," 21 May 2019 Inside, meanwhile, the house's decor is all breezy, beachy style: white, slipcovered furniture, natural wicker accents, and plenty of blue-and-white stripes make for a comfortable, classic look befitting America's sweetheart. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019 In an alternate timeline, Carrie and Co. grow up in a small hometown, marry their high school sweethearts and stay there. Josh Gondelman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The No Cosby Show' and 5 More Potential TV Reboots From a 'Last Week Tonight' Writer," 21 Feb. 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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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More Definitions for sweetheart

sweetheart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweetheart

somewhat old-fashioned : a person you love very much
used to address someone you love
: a kind or helpful person : someone who is very nice

sweetheart

noun
sweet·​heart | \ ˈswēt-ˌhärt How to pronounce sweetheart (audio) \

Kids Definition of sweetheart

: a person whom someone loves

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