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

beloved, darling, dear, flame, hon, honey, love, squeeze [slang], sweet, sweetie, sweetie pie, 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

My last relationship, with my college sweetheart, lasted seven years. Essence, "I Tried To Have A Hot Girl Summer And The Dating Scene Left Me Frostbit Instead," 30 Aug. 2019 The tentative agreement between the county and the A’s, as reported here when it was first announced, would be a sweetheart deal for the A’s at county taxpayer expense. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Oakland A’s shouldn’t get sweetheart Coliseum deal," 13 Aug. 2019 The accused billionaire human trafficker of underaged girls got the sweetheart deal of a lifetime more than a decade ago, courtesy of Alex Acosta, a former south Florida chief prosecutor now serving as the nation’s secretary of labor. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On traffickers, pledges and an All-Star snub," 12 July 2019 SueAnn married her Baylor sweetheart, and started a family of her own. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Baylor dorm room has been home to three generations of women from the same family," 23 Aug. 2019 Even though the album’s title should have been a dead giveaway to the album’s content (Chance married his childhood sweetheart this year), folks just weren’t satisfied. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Chance The Rapper Loves His Wife No Matter What You Think," 5 Aug. 2019 This boy is a real sweetheart who has a lot of love to give. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Logan, 10, has lots of energy that he’d love to share with a family and friends: A Home of Their Own," 13 July 2019 The perpetually long lines on weekends showed promise, and the couple (sweethearts since junior high) opened their first brick-and-mortar on Fort Worth's booming restaurant row, Magnolia Avenue, in 2016. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 Paul married Joyce, his high school sweetheart in 1954. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/23," 21 June 2019

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

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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