Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of having great value or price.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being dear; costliness; excess of price.
  • n. Fondness; preciousness; love; tenderness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Costliness; high price, or a higher price than the customary one.
  • n. Fondness; nearness to the heart or affections; great value in esteem and confidence; tender love.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality possessed by something with a great price or value

Etymologies

dear +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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