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

Definition of sweetheart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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 The high school sweethearts had walked the red carpet together with the 22-year-old dancer wearing a dark one-shoulder dress with a unique chain neckline. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Ansel Elgort Shares Cuddly Photo with Girlfriend After Singing at Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 The Australian sweetheart raised $2.4 million last month by auctioning off more than 500 items of personal memorabilia to benefit her Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne. NBC News, "Olivia Newton-John gets back 'Grease' jacket from anonymous bidder who spent $243K on it," 12 Dec. 2019 The high school sweethearts were tragically killed at the scene of the crash, which was witnessed by the sister and mother of the groom, who had been following the newlyweds after the ceremony, according to KFDM. Fox News, "Texas newlyweds killed in car crash moments after tying the knot," 24 Aug. 2019 Last year, the film celebrated its 40th anniversary, and Travolta shared his prediction of where the Rydell High sweethearts would be with USA TODAY. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Grease' stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John to reunite for singalongs and Q&As," 16 Aug. 2018 Basketball has been at the center of the relationship between Paul and Kristyn Howes since the high school sweethearts met in 1978. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "For Maynard, bringing it all together, Paul and Kristyn Howes," 23 Mar. 2018 Find something for the sweetheart in your life with our ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Valentine's Day gift guide 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Dramatic sweetheart Borrow from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and pair a bustier-style top with a pair of black trousers to make your ~ lewk ~ infinitely sexier. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "6 Celebrity-Approved Date Night Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day," 30 Jan. 2020 Now a mighty animal weighing 1,300 pounds, the big sweetheart marks another year of spreading joy to everyone who gets to meet her. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A hippo named Fiona just received the sweetest birthday gift from her boyfriend Timothy," 25 Jan. 2020 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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“Sweetheart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetheart. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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