either of a pair of lovers in relation to the other.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address.
a beloved person.
Informal. a generous, friendly person.
Informal. anything that arouses loyal affection: My old car was a real sweetheart.

1250–1300; Middle English swete herte. See sweet, heart

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sweetheart
World English Dictionary
sweetheart (ˈswiːtˌhɑːt)
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
4.  of or relating to a garment with a sweetheart neckline: sweetheart cardigan

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

late 13c. as a form of address, 1570s as a synonym for "loved one;" from sweet (adj.) + heart. As an adj., with ref. to labor contracts, it is attested from 1959.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Spend your days under a palapa with a margarita in hand and a sweetheart by
  your side.
If you're looking to statistics to win your sweetheart, then maybe you should
  reconsider your choice.
She is a sweetheart and the thought of her being put down is unbearable.
Now he is in a typical preschool and is a sweetheart.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature