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, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetie, 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

Their new seven-inch EP, Cry Tough, is the musical equivalent of a hard-luck punk spiking up his Mohawk and carving his ex-sweetheart's name into his arm with a broken beer bottle—not that Gossip Wolf would know what that's like! Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago band Diagonal do mid-90s shoegaze so well they might have a time machine," 26 June 2018 Team owner fleeced the city for a sweetheart stadium deal and the team’s in the tank? Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Should the Marlins bring back teal permanently and re-rebrand as the Florida Marlins?," 5 June 2018 The sweethearts of the last World Cup, who, like The Strokes on the eve of Room on Fire, are rightly concerned about that sophomore album. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 But the timing did fit with Dunn’s possible involvement in another open case that confounded police: The disappearance of teenage sweethearts Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew, who were last seen at a wedding reception in summer 1980. jsonline.com, "CHAPTER 6: CULTS AND WITCHCRAFT," 4 Oct. 2017 Kacey Musgraves Pop Kacey Musgraves will always be the sweetheart of the radio. San Francisco Chronicle, "Kacey Musgraves hits the dance floor on ‘Golden Hour’," 30 Mar. 2018 Henry, whose casually friendly hey-there bearing seems dropped into the 1880s from the 2010s, is a sweetheart; his threats don’t seem very threatening, and his redemption comes as no surprise. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 Pac [Sean Waltman] was a sweetheart, so everybody loved Pac, but everybody hated me and Shawn. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The ’Mania Supercolumn: 34 Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes for WrestleMania 34," 6 Apr. 2018 Scotty is a sweetheart and truly wants to please those around him. Boys & Girls Aid / Community Content Partner, OregonLive.com, "A Home of His Own: Scotty, 17, is very fun to spend time with and has a great sense of humor.," 9 Mar. 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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playful or foolish behavior

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