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sweetheart

[sweet-hahrt] /ˈswitˌhɑrt/
noun
1.
either of a pair of lovers in relation to the other.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
3.
a beloved person.
4.
Informal. a generous, friendly person.
5.
Informal. anything that arouses loyal affection:
My old car was a real sweetheart.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English swete herte. See sweet, heart
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British Dictionary definitions for sweethearts

sweetheart

/ˈswiːtˌhɑːt/
noun
1.
a person loved by another
2.
(informal) a lovable, generous, or obliging person
3.
a term of endearment for a beloved or lovable person
adjective
4.
of or relating to a garment with a sweetheart neckline: sweetheart cardigan
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Word Origin and History for sweethearts

sweetheart

n.

late 13c. as a form of address, 1570s as a synonym for "loved one;" from sweet (adj.) + heart. As an adjective, with reference to labor contracts, it is attested from 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweethearts

sweetheart

noun
  1. Something excellent; a cherished and valuable object; honey:See that sweetheart of a car? (1942+)
  2. A pleasant person; doll: Wait'll you meet her father, he's a sweetheart (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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