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

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 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 While Bakker was in prison, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 30 years, Tammy Faye, divorced him and married his best friend. USA TODAY, "Televangelist/condo salesman Jim Bakker: Ozarks are safest place to live during the apocalypse," 11 May 2018 The script tells of childhood sweethearts who have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator Nahnatchka Khan to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Netflix Comedy," 23 Mar. 2018 Messi married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo at Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina in June of last year, where many of his teammates past and present were in attendance. SI.com, "Barcelona Legend Xavi Reveals Neymar Told Him He Wanted to Quit Club During Messi's Wedding," 8 Feb. 2018 He was born in Monroe on Oct. 28, 1935, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and married, Billie, his childhood sweetheart, in 1957. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee orthopedic surgeon Michael Kubly was philanthropist and jokester," 26 Jan. 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

: 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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