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darling

[dahr-ling] /ˈdɑr lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person very dear to another; one dearly loved.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
3.
a person or thing in great favor; a favorite:
She was the darling of café society.
adjective
4.
very dear; dearly loved:
my darling child.
5.
favorite; cherished.
6.
Informal. charming; cute; lovable:
What a darling baby!
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English derling, Old English dēorling. See dear, -ling1
Related forms
darlingly, adverb
darlingness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for darlings

darling

/ˈdɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person very much loved: often used as a term of address
2.
a favourite: the teacher's darling
adjective (prenominal)
3.
beloved
4.
much admired; pleasing: a darling hat
Word Origin
Old English dēorling; see dear, -ling1

Darling

/ˈdɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
Grace. 1815–42, English national heroine, famous for her rescue (1838) of some shipwrecked sailors with her father, a lighthouse keeper
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Word Origin and History for darlings

darling

Old English deorling "darling, favorite minion," double diminutive of deor "dear" (see dear (adj.)). The vowel shift from -e- to -a- (16c.) is usual for -er- followed by a consonant. "It is better to be An olde mans derlyng, than a yong mans werlyng" (1562).

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darlings in the Bible

Ps. 22:20; 35:17) means an "only one."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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