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 Catrick is calm, friendly, and overall a real sweetheart. The Arizona Republic, "Lindsey and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 23 Oct. 2020 In a new interview with Nylon, Spears opened up about getting pregnant at 16 with her high school sweetheart Casey Aldridge. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Jamie Lynn Spears Is Back & Telling That Zoey 101 Pregnancy Story," 20 Oct. 2020 After his beloved Alta died, Halvorsen was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Pace. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Air Force ‘Candy Bomber’ glides into milestone birthday," 19 Oct. 2020 No one's going to go, OK, a guy that's been with his high school sweetheart forever is going to make a break-up record. Dwain Hebda, Arkansas Online, "Kristopher Neil Allen," 18 Oct. 2020 Hecker was married to her childhood sweetheart, Thomas, for 64 years, and the couple had two children, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Metairie resident marks 100th birthday," 12 Oct. 2020 April could be an excellent time to escape for a romantic weekend with a sweetheart. Learn more at https://magihelena.com/ Questions? Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 30, 2020: Happy birthday Jenna Elfman; Virgo, avoid comparing yourself to others," 30 Sep. 2020 The mohair sweater and plaid skirt worn by Corey (Tyler), meanwhile, read more America’s sweetheart. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "25 Years After Empire Records, I Still Want to Dress Like the Cast," 22 Sep. 2020 In addition to being American's sweetheart, Day was also a dedicated animal activist. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Doris Day’s Iconic Carmel Valley Estate Is for Sale and the Proceeds Support Her Animal Foundation," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of sweetheart was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2020

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“Sweetheart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetheart. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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