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



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

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 After eventually moving to Nashville, marrying his college sweetheart, Caroline Boyer, and beginning his music career, Luke received more devastating news. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Bryan Shared His Heartbreaking Loss With 'American Idol' Contestant Nick Townsend," 4 Mar. 2019 Tim married his college sweetheart, Laura Deibel, in 1984, and the pair were together for 15 years before legally separating in 1999; their divorce was finalized four years later. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Tim Allen and His Wife Jane Hajduk's Relationship Rivals Even His Best TV Romances," 13 Oct. 2018 December 3 9) The Best of Me (2014) High school sweethearts reunite—and rekindle their romance—in the wake of a close friend's death. Sarah Bracy Penn, Harper's BAZAAR, "11 Movies Leaving Netflix in December," 22 Nov. 2016 Getty ImagesNBC Ted Danson is America's sweetheart. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Ted Danson Flossing on 'The Good Place' Set Is Delightful," 16 Nov. 2018 Neely, 52, has her own baggage, coming from her divorce from her childhood sweetheart Pat. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "To Rome for Love Host Diann Valentine on Why Black Women Are Going to Italy to Meet Eligible Men," 5 Jan. 2018 Phillips married her high school sweetheart. SEASON 3 No couple to report on, since Jen Schefft rejected both of her final guys. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples: The Complete List," 2 Nov. 2018 Since her debut as Hannah Montana in 2006, the singer's personal style has evolved over and over again from bubble gum teen pop star to country sweetheart, '90s club kid, and various infamous style moments in-between. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus’ DIY T-Shirt Just Sent a Powerful Message On Gun Control," 11 Dec. 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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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


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

Kids Definition of sweetheart

: a person whom someone loves

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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