darling Definition

  • 1a person very much loved or liked
  • 2used as a term of endearment

Using darling: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "darling" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He's always been my darling.

  • Example

    She's the darling of the fashion industry.

  • Example

    Come here, darling, and give me a hug.

  • Example

    I miss you so much, my darling.

darling Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for darling

Idioms Using darling

  • a person or thing that is particularly popular or admired by a group of people


    She quickly became the darling of the fashion industry.

  • with all one's strength or might, often in a desperate situation


    She held onto the rope for dear life as she climbed up the mountain.

  • to destroy something that is valuable or profitable


    If we raise the prices too high, we'll kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

Phrases with darling

  • pet name

    a name used to show affection for someone, often a shortened version of their real name


    My pet name for him is 'babe'.

  • a phrase from a sonnet by William Shakespeare, referring to the beauty of spring flowers


    The garden was filled with the darling buds of May.

  • an affectionate term used to address someone who is loved or liked


    Goodnight, my darling. Sweet dreams.

Origins of darling

from Old English 'deorling', meaning 'darling, favorite, minion'


Summary: darling in Brief

'Darling' [ˈdɑːrlɪŋ] is a term of endearment used to refer to someone who is loved or liked. It can also be used to describe someone who is particularly popular or admired, as in 'She's the darling of the fashion industry.' 'Darling' is often paired with other terms of endearment, such as 'my darling,' and can be used as a pet name, exemplified by 'My pet name for him is babe.'

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