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Darby and Joan

a happily married elderly couple who lead a placid, uneventful life.
Origin of Darby and Joan
named after a couple mentioned in an 18th-century song Unabridged
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  • It could not begin at once then, that darby-and-joan pairing-off that so suitable match which little Olwen had planned.

British Dictionary definitions for darby-and-joan

Darby and Joan

an ideal elderly married couple living in domestic harmony
Darby and Joan Club, a club for elderly people
Word Origin
C18: a couple in an 18th-century English ballad
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Word Origin and History for darby-and-joan

Darby and Joan

1735, characteristic name of an old, happily married couple.

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