American English

Definition of dear noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(informal) a kind person Isn't he a dear? Be a dear and fetch me my coat.
  2. 2used when speaking to someone you love Would you like a drink, dear? Come here, my dear.
  3. 3used when speaking to someone in a friendly way, for example by an older person to a young person or a child What's your name, dear?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dear