from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is loved.
  • noun Used as a familiar term of endearment.
  • noun A person regarded as generous or lovable.
  • noun Something cherished for its excellent qualities.
  • adjective Involving privileged treatment of a favored party; illegally or unethically favorable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act the part of a lover to; pay court to; gallant: as, to sweetheart a lady.
  • To perform the part of a lover; act the gallant; play the wooer: as, he is going a sweethearting.
  • noun A person beloved; a lover; more commonly, a girl beloved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A lover of mistress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who is always very kind.
  • noun A person very much liked or loved by someone, especially when both partners are young.
  • noun slang, euphemistic A casual sexual partner that is exclusive to the men of one fraternity; a slam piece.

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

  • noun a person loved by another person
  • noun any well-liked individual
  • adjective privileged treatment of a favored person or corporation (sometimes unethically)
  • noun a very attractive or seductive looking woman


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From sweet + heart.


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