Translation of "dear" - English-Italian dictionary

dear

adjective uk /dɪər/ us /dɪər/

A1 used at the beginning of a letter, before the name of the person you are writing to

caro
Dear Amy Cara Amy
Dear Sir/Madam Gentile Signore/Signora

liked very much

caro
She is a very dear friend. È un’amica molto cara.

UK expensive

caro
The hotel was too dear. L’albergo era troppo caro.
exclamation uk /dɪər/ us /dɪər/
oh dear!

A2 used to express surprise and disappointment

ohimè!
Oh dear! I forgot my keys! Ohimè! Ho dimenticato le chiavi!
noun uk /dɪər/ us /dɪər/

used to address someone in a friendly way, especially a child or someone you love

caro, cara
Don’t cry, my dear. Non piangere, mia cara.
Yes, dear? Sì, cara?

(Translation of “dear” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)