darlingnoun [ C ]uk /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈdɑːr-/
Oh darling, I love you.
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.
darlingadjective [ before noun ]uk /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/ us /ˈdɑːr-/
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