dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce darling (audio) \

Definition of darling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dearly loved person
2 : favorite a director who is the darling of the critics



Definition of darling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : dearly loved : favorite
2 : very pleasing : charming

Other Words from darling


darlingly \ ˈdär-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce darling (audio) \ adverb
darlingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for darling

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of darling in a Sentence

Noun She was mother's little darling. for a while that candidate was the darling of the news media and could do no wrong Adjective This is my darling daughter, Sara. That dress is just darling.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Patel began his career in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001, and became a media darling at a time when news organizations were seeking out moderate Muslim voices to combat a wave of bias and misunderstanding. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 She is accused of lying to investors, patients, and the public as Theranos became a multibillion-dollar darling of Silicon Valley. Matthew Herper, STAT, 1 Sep. 2021 This news was also part of a big healing moment for Mo’Nique, who has had a long-standing rift with Daniels due to her experience on the promotion run for their 2009 Oscars darling, Precious. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 19 July 2022 Years later, these traits would catapult the 25-year-old entertainer from local Jamaican darling to international rising star, captivating audiences across the globe. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 13 July 2022 After three seasons of building an audience, the show has gone from genre darling to crossover hit. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 8 July 2022 Peloton, which had emerged as a stock market darling during the pandemic, saw its fortunes change dramatically once Covid restrictions were removed and gym and fitness centers reopened. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 12 July 2022 The workout bike maker Peloton became a stock market darling during the pandemic as investors rushed to find companies that would benefit from lockdowns and the growing work-from-home trend. Will Daniel, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Or an undeniably brilliant writer would become a critical darling, then a commercial success. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This pencil sign for the first or last day of school is both darling and so simple. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 14 July 2022 Widen your horizons with a red Breton stripe, like this one with a darling bow toe at the back. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 2 May 2022 While out in London today, Olivia Wilde wore a beanie, red Northface x Gucci puffer coat, spandex, New Balance sneakers, and a darling blue sweatshirt with a cartoon frog and the word Pleasing emblazoned on its chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 11 Apr. 2022 But perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the spring- and summer-friendly piece are the darling faux pearl buttons at the bodice that add a charming touch to the entire number. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 25 Mar. 2022 Nothing says spring like pastel hues, and this baby-yellow, fur trim cardigan is too darling to pass up. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 In addition to the new boss, this Window Shop experience features the charming Elana Scherr, the endearing Jonathon Ramsey, the darling K.C. Colwell, and some guy who has never ever been hired by Car and Driver. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 25 Feb. 2022 Ahead, find out where to buy XXL scrunchies that are equal parts cool and darling. Erin Parker, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2022 Prince William and Kate Middleton posted the shot, which of course includes a darling Princess Charlotte too, to Instagram. Abby Gardner, Glamour, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of darling


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for darling


Middle English derling, from Old English dēorling, from dēore dear

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“Darling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darling. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for darling


dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce darling (audio) \

Kids Definition of darling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dearly loved person
2 : favorite entry 1 He is the darling of golf fans.



Kids Definition of darling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : dearly loved Come here, darling child.
2 : very pleasing : charming a darling little house

Darling geographical name

Dar·​ling | \ ˈdär-liŋ How to pronounce Darling (audio) \

Definition of Darling

river 1702 miles (2738 kilometers) long in southeastern Australia in Queensland and New South Wales flowing southwest into the Murray River

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