What does dear mean?

Definitions for deardɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dear.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love(noun)

    a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

  2. lamb, dear(adj)

    a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

  3. beloved, darling, dear(adj)

    dearly loved

  4. dear, good, near(adj)

    with or in a close or intimate relationship

    "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

  5. dear, devout, earnest, heartfelt(adj)


    "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences"

  6. costly, dear(p), high-priced, pricey, pricy(adverb)

    having a high price

    "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"

  7. dearly, affectionately, dear(adverb)

    with affection

    "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately"

  8. dearly, dear(adverb)

    at a great cost

    "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dear

    bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive

  2. Dear

    marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year

  3. Dear

    highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious

  4. Dear

    hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention

  5. Dear

    of agreeable things and interests

  6. Dear

    of disagreeable things and antipathies

  7. Dear(noun)

    a dear one; lover; sweetheart

  8. Dear(adverb)

    dearly; at a high price

  9. Dear(verb)

    to endear

  10. Origin: [OE. dere, deore, AS. dere; akin to OS. diuri, D. duur, OHG. tiuri, G. theuer, teuer, Icel. drr, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf. Darling, Dearth.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dear

    dēr, adj. high in price: costly: scarce: highly valued: beloved: (Shak.), earnest, inmost.—n. one who is dear or beloved.—adv. at a high price.—adj. Dear′-bought.—n. Dear′ling (Spens.), a darling.—adj. Dear′-loved.—adv. Dear′ly.—ns. Dear′ness; Dear′y, one who is dear. [A.S. deóre, dýre; cog. with Ger. theuer.]

  2. Dear

    dēr, interj. indicating surprise, pity, or other emotion, as in 'Oh dear!' 'Dear me!' 'Dear, dear!'—prob. elliptical in 'Dear help us!' &c. [Sometimes doubtfully referred to Dio mio (It. 'My God'), or to some compound of Fr. Dieu.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3027

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #550

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dear' in Nouns Frequency: #2146

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dear' in Adjectives Frequency: #329


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dear in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

  2. Francois Hollande:

    Dear Angela, dear Mariano, rest assured ... we will find out everything, france stands by you.

  3. Eugene Botkin:

    I will probably never hear that voice so dear or feel that touch so dear with which my little children so spoiled me ...

  4. Angela Merkel:

    Dear Nicolas Sarkozy, dear friends, I would like to send my best wishes for your congress in my name and on behalf of the CDU.

  5. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    Think, In mounting higher, The angels would press on us, and aspire To drop some golden orb of perfect song Into our deep, dear silence.

Images & Illustrations of dear

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Translations for dear

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • duur, geliefde, besteAfrikaans
  • عزيز, غاليArabic
  • дарагіBelarusian
  • драг, скъп, любим, уважаем, възлюбен, милBulgarian
  • estimat, benvolgut, carCatalan, Valencian
  • milý, drahýCzech
  • любъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • annwyl, drudWelsh
  • dyr, kære, dyrebar, kærDanish
  • teuer, Sehr geehrter, Liebster, lieber, Liebste, Teuerster, Liebchen, lieb, Teuerste, TeuererGerman
  • αγαπητή, αγαπημένος, αγαπητός, αγαπητέ, ακριβόςGreek
  • querido, estimado, bueno, mío, precioso, majo, [[compa]] [[mío]], [[maestro]] [[mío]], tierno, costoso, [[señora]] [[mía]], amigo, compadre, caro, cuate, estimada, amable, amiga, [[señor]] [[mío]], mía, queridaSpanish
  • گرامی, گران, عزیز, فریPersian
  • rakas, kullannuppu, tärkeä, arvokas, hyvä, kallisFinnish
  • cher, coûteuxFrench
  • dílis, dil, a chara, ionúinIrish
  • ionmhainnScottish Gaelic
  • יקיר, יָקָרHebrew
  • आदरणीय, महँगा, प्रिय, बहुमूल्य, प्यारा, महंगाHindi
  • drága, kedvesHungarian
  • սիրելի, հարգելի, թանկ, թանկագինArmenian
  • mahal, sayangIndonesian
  • karaIdo
  • kær, dýr, dýrtIcelandic
  • caro, costosoItalian
  • 様, 親愛なる, 高い, 愛しい, 拝啓, へ, 恋しいJapanese
  • 비싸다, 비싼Korean
  • گیان, ئازیز, گران, خۆشه‌ویست, به‌ڕێزKurdish
  • carissimiLatin
  • ແພງLao
  • brangus, mielas, gerbiamas, mylimasLithuanian
  • mīļš, dārgs, cienītaisLatvian
  • скапMacedonian
  • duur, bemind, kostbaar, hooggeachte, lieve, liefdevol, geliefd, waarde, lief, schat, waardevol, dierbaar, precieus, lieverd, kostelijk, beste, gekoesterd, prijzig, beminnelijk, innig, geachteDutch
  • dyr, kjære, kjær, kostbar, æredeNorwegian
  • drogi, kochanyPolish
  • ګرانPashto, Pushto
  • caro, querido, prezadoPortuguese
  • scump, drag, stimate, dragăRomanian
  • ду́шка, дорогой, уважаемый, любимый, дорогая, милый, ценныйRussian
  • ску̑п, skȕpSerbo-Croatian
  • drahýSlovak
  • drag, dragiSlovene
  • dyr, kär, käraSwedish
  • galiSwahili
  • அன்பேTamil
  • แพงThai
  • pahalı, sayınTurkish
  • дорогийUkrainian
  • عزیز, مہنگا, پياراUrdu
  • đắt, đắt tiền, kính thưaVietnamese
  • jerik, löfikVolapük
  • 亲爱Chinese

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