Definition of Darby and Joan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Darby and Joan

BrE BrE//ˌdɑːbi ən ˈdʒəʊn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɑːrbi ən ˈdʒoʊn//
[plural] (British English)
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a way of referring to an old couple who are happily married Word Originlate 18th cent.: from a poem (1735) in the Gentleman's Magazine, which contained the lines “Old Darby, with Joan by his side … They're never happy asunder.”