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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.
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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 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.

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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