Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “dear”

dear

adjective [-er/-est only] (LOVED)   /dɪər/
loved or greatly liked: She’s a dear friend. Dear is used at the beginning of a letter to greet the person you are writing to: Dear Kerrie/Mom and Dad/Ms. Smith/Sir Dearest can be used in a letter to greet someone you love: Dearest Ben, I think of you every day.
(Definition of dear adjective (LOVED) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of dear

Definitions of “dear” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More