Definition of dear noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪr//
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  1. 1(informal) a kind person Isn't he a dear? Be a dear and fetch me my coat. See related entries: Kind
  2. 2used when speaking to somebody you love Would you like a drink, dear? Come here, my dear.
  3. 3used when speaking to somebody in a friendly way, for example by an older person to a young person or a child What's your name, dear? compare duck
  4. Word OriginOld English dēore, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dier ‘beloved’, also to Dutch duur and German teuer ‘expensive’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dear