from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dearly beloved person.
- n. One that is greatly liked or preferred; a favorite: "the pride and vanity of the rich, the darlings of fate” ( Mario Puzo).
- adj. Dearly beloved.
- adj. Regarded with special favor; favorite: "Metaphysics and poetry . . . are my darling studies” ( Samuel Taylor Coleridge).
- adj. Informal Charming or amusing: a darling hat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is dear to one.
- adj. Dear; cherished.
- adj. charming
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One dearly beloved; a favorite.
- adj. Dearly beloved; regarded with especial kindness and tenderness; favorite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is very dear; one much beloved; a special favorite.
- Very dear; peculiarly beloved; favorite; regarded with great affection and tenderness; lovingly cherished: as, a darling child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. dearly loved
- n. a special loved one
- n. an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River
Middle English dereling, from Old English dēorling : dēore, dear + -ling, diminutive suff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English derling, from Old English dēorling ("darling, favorite, minion", also "household god"), corresponding to dear + -ling. (Wiktionary)