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[sweet-hahrt] /ˈswitˌhɑrt/
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.
Origin of sweetheart
1250-1300; Middle English swete herte. See sweet, heart Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweetheart
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British Dictionary definitions for sweetheart


a person loved by another
(informal) a lovable, generous, or obliging person
a term of endearment for a beloved or lovable person
of or relating to a garment with a sweetheart neckline: sweetheart cardigan
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Word Origin and History for sweetheart

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 sweetheart



Something that makes a deal more attractive; encouragement or enhancement, such as a monetary payment: sweetener was all I needed for the deal

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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