What does darling mean?

Definitions for darling
ˈdɑr lɪŋdar·ling

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word darling.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. darling, favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, duckynoun

    a special loved one

  2. Darling, Darling Riveradjective

    an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River

  3. beloved, darling, dearadjective

    dearly loved


  1. darlingnoun

    A person who is dear to one.

  2. darlingadjective

    Dear; cherished.

    She is my darling wife of twenty-two years.

  3. darlingadjective


    Well isn't that a darling little outfit she has on.

  4. Darlingnoun

    An Australian aboriginal language spoken in New South Wales.

  5. Darlingnoun

    An English and Scottish surname, originally a nickname from darling.

    Richard and David Darling, founders of Codemasters, a multimillion-pound computer game company, dropped out of school aged 15 and 16 to write computer games

  6. Darlingnoun

    A major river of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, named for Governor Ralph Darling.

  7. Darlingnoun

    The Australian aboriginal language Baagandji, spoken along this river in New South Wales.

  8. Etymology: From derling, from deorling, corresponding to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Darlingadjective

    Favourite; dear; beloved; regarded with great kindness and tenderness.

    Etymology: deorling, Sax.

    ’Tis not for a generous prince to countenance oppression and injustice, even in his most darling favourites. Roger L'Estrange.

    Have a care lest some beloved notion, or some darling science, too far prevail over your mind. Isaac Watts, Improvement.

  2. Darlingnoun

    A favourite; one much beloved.

    Young Ferdinand they suppose is drown’d,
    And his and my lov’d darling. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    In Thames, the ocean’s darling, England’s pride,
    The pleasing emblem of his reign does glide. Charles Montagu.

    She immediately became the darling of the princess Sophia. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 21.


  1. darling

    Darling can be defined as an affectionate term used to refer to someone dearly loved or cherished. It is often used to express endearment, fondness, or adoration towards a person, typically a romantic partner, child, or beloved friend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Darlingnoun

    one dearly beloved; a favorite

  2. Darlingadjective

    dearly beloved; regarded with especial kindness and tenderness; favorite

  3. Etymology: [OE. derling, deorling, AS. derling; dere dear + -ling. See Dear, and -ling.]


  1. Darling

    Darling is a 1965 British drama film written by Frederic Raphael, directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Julie Christie with Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. Darling was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Diana Scott. The film also won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume Design.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Darling

    där′ling, n. a little dear: one dearly beloved: a favourite. [Dear, and dim. suff. -ling = l-ing.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Darling

    a tributary of the Murray River, in Australia, now stagnant, now flooded.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Darling is ranked #1904 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Darling surname appeared 18,879 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Darling.

    87.1% or 16,449 total occurrences were White.
    7.2% or 1,359 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 451 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 368 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 125 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 125 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'darling' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1304

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'darling' in Nouns Frequency: #1657

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of darling in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of darling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of darling in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Hoffenstein:

    When you're away, I'm restless, lonely, wretched, bored, dejected only here's the rub, my darling dear, I feel the same when you're near.

  2. Dorothy Parker:

    I don't know much about being a millionaire, but I'll bet I'd be darling at it.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    Why darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.

  4. Ilse Luise Ledermann-Citroen:

    My darling, we are about to depart on our first long journey in a long time.

  5. John Biever:

    This is what fans do in March Madness. We root for the underdog. We root for the improbable. That’s why we love this tournament so much, this is the ultimate storyline. The tough kid from Queens who got hurt in the NCAA tournament and couldn't play — couldn't finish out his career — now gets the chance to coach a tough, gritty team that’s become the darling of the country, and so we literally have – I wouldn’t say David vs. Goliath — but Shaheen vs. Goliath this weekend.

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