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Language: Old English
Origin: deorling, from deore 'dear'

darling

1 noun
     
dar‧ling1 S2
1 spoken used when speaking to someone you love:
Look, darling, there's Mary.
2 [countable] someone who is very nice:
You really are a darling, Barney.
3

the darling of something

the most popular person or thing in a particular group or area of activity:
She's the darling of the fashion world.

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