darling Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “darling” in the English Dictionary

"darling" in British English

See all translations

darlingnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/ us   /ˈdɑːr-/
B2 a person who is very much loved or liked: Oh darling, I love you. Here's your change, darling. In spite of his unpopularity in the USSR, Gorbachev remained a/the darling of (= very popular with) the West right 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of darling?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“darling” in British English

“darling” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunburned

Sunburned skin has become red and sore by being in the strong heat of the sun for too long, or is very suntanned.

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More