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

 

Darby and Joan

 noun
noun
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 Origin late 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.”