term of endearment
Noun

term of endearment

  1. A word, phrase, or nickname used as a term of address expressing affection.
    • 1987 Sept. 20, Nicholas D. Kristof, "Kidnap-Murder of 5-Year-Old Shakes Japan ↗," New York Times (retrieved 25 June 2013):
      "Kun" is a term of endearment often used in Japan for small boys. Yoshi-kun lived with his parents and grandparents in a house in Takasaki.
    • 2002 June 16, Simon Robinson, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,262929,00.html Tropical Trouble]," Time:
      The people of Madagascar call him Deba, which means Big Boss. When President Didier Ratsiraka came to power 26 years ago, the moniker was meant as a term of endearment.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: terme affectueux
  • German: Kosewort
  • Italian: vezzeggiativo
  • Portuguese: termo afetivo
  • Russian: ласка́тельное и́мя
  • Spanish: palabra de afecto, palabra tierna, palabra afectuosa, palabra cariñosa



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