darling Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"darling" in British English

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darlingnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/  us   /ˈdɑːr-/
B2 a ​person who is very much ​loved or ​liked: Oh darling, I ​love you. Here's ​yourchange, darling. In ​spite of his ​unpopularity in the USSR, Gorbachev ​remained a/the darling of (= very ​popular with) the ​Westright to the end. Note: This is used as a name between people who love each other and people who are being friendly. As a friendly way of talking to someone it is not usually used between men.
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  • Sorry darling, something ​unexpected has come up at the ​office, and I'll be ​home late.
  • "How ​wonderful to ​see you again, darling, " she ​cooed.
  • Darling, Mummy's told you before, there's no such thing as ​ghosts!
  • "Mummy, I ​hurt my ​knee." "Come here, darling, and ​let me ​kiss it ​better."
  • My darling!

darlingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/  us   /ˈdɑːr-/
old-fashioned used when ​talking to someone you ​love, for ​example in a ​letter, to say that you ​love them very much: Darling Martha, It was ​great to ​see you at the ​weekend. very ​attractive: They've just ​bought a darling little ​apartment.
(Definition of darling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"darling" in American English

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darlingnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɑr·lɪŋ/
used to show ​affection when ​speaking to someone: Hello, darling.

darlingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdɑr·lɪŋ/
much ​loved: Here’s a ​picture of my darling ​child.
(Definition of darling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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