• (RP) IPA: /ˈdɑːlɪŋ/
  • (GA) enPR: där'lĭng, IPA: /ˈdɑɹlɪŋ/

darling (plural darlings)

  1. A person who is dear to one.
    Mary, the youngest daughter, was always her mother's darling.
  2. A kind or sweet person; sweetheart.
    The girl next door picks up all my shopping for me. She is such a darling.
  3. An affectionate term of address.
    Pass the wine, would you darling?
  4. (by extension) A person or thing very popular with a certain group.
    a media darling
    a darling of the theatre
Synonyms Translations Adjective

darling (comparative darlinger, superlative darlingest)

  1. Dear; cherished.
    She is my darling wife of twenty-two years.
  2. charming
    Well isn't that a darling little outfit she has on.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: encantador
  • Russian: очарова́тельный
  • Spanish: encantador

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname, originally a nickname from darling.
    • 2005, Michael Dowling, Jürgen Schmude, Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufsess, Advances in Interdisciplinary European Entrepreneurship Research
      Richard and David Darling, founders of Codemasters, a multimillion-pound computer game company, dropped out of school aged 15 and 16 to write computer games […]
  2. A major river of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, named for Governor Ralph Darling.
  3. The Australian aboriginal language Baagandji, spoken along this river in New South Wales.

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