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

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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 Rita Swindle was the maid of honor when her brother Johnny married his teen sweetheart Joyce on Jan. 18, 1964. al, "Did the Zodiac killer murder an Alabama couple in 1964?," 22 Oct. 2020 Williams now lives in Rancho San Diego with his wife and high school sweetheart, Traci Alina Williams, and their two children, Alina Rose, 2, and Roosevelt IV, 3 months. Clovis Honore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Roosevelt Williams III," 23 Dec. 2020 Unless a sweetheart deal for an impact player falls in his lap, that's probably the wisest course of action anyway. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Examining options for Chris Ballard, Colts at NFL trade deadline," 28 Oct. 2020 WeWork employees and others criticized the payments as a sweetheart deal for the co-founder. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "WeWork Chairman Says Consulting Deal With Adam Neumann No Longer in Place," 19 Oct. 2020 Glenn is abstemious, churchgoing, devoted to his childhood sweetheart wife; Shepard lives the rock star life away from his wife, Louise (Shannon Lucio), drinking and philandering and cruising Florida’s Cocoa Beach in a Corvette convertible. cleveland, "Disney’s ‘The Right Stuff’ is an object lesson in how not to remake a classic," 9 Oct. 2020 This increase in activity also appears alongside pressure from the UK competition commission to break up Apple’s multi-billion dollar sweetheart deal with Google. Popular Science, "Could Apple build a search engine that competes with Google?," 15 Dec. 2020 On the fourth track of her new album, Evermore, Swift sings from the perspective of a woman who left her hometown Mississippi sweetheart to become a big star. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Fans Think Taylor Swift Revealed the Name of Gigi Hadid's Daughter on ‘Evermore’," 12 Dec. 2020 Among those unexpected happenings was a bright spot: reconnecting with my high school sweetheart. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "I rekindled the flame with my first love during lockdown," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But meanwhile, the European Commission is pressing on with its campaign against sweetheart corporate tax deals. David Meyer, Fortune, "Measuring stakeholder capitalism just got easier," 24 Sep. 2020 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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13 Feb 2021

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“Sweetheart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetheart. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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