Definition of dearest in English:



  • 1Most loved or cherished.

    ‘one of my dearest friends’
    • ‘Sarah had become the dearest friend I had ever had, and I hers.’
    • ‘If Ruff's comment hasn't caught Gordon Campbell's attention, one suspects the Premier has lent his ear to the thoughts expressed today by his dearest supporters - the corporate community.’
    • ‘His dearest wish was to bring people of different races and creeds together.’
    • ‘All I know was that my dearest love had turned up finally.’
    • ‘The alarm went off, and Stacey ran out on the parade ground, holding armfuls of records and pop posters, her dearest possessions.’
    • ‘And, of course, the person credited with this achievement was Qadeer Khan, who thus became the idol of the people, the dearest of their heroes, the greatest of their redeemers.’
    • ‘‘They are my dearest friends and I love them,’ she said as her eyelids closed.’
    • ‘‘I felt proud of my daughter and proud that I am her dearest person,’ smiled her father, who accompanied her from day to night during her short visit in Shanghai.’
    • ‘My dearest wish for this season is to see the little girl blossom as a four-year-old.’
    • ‘As things stand, his self-confessed dearest wish seems about to be granted.’
    • ‘Could she not even trust her own heart, her dearest love?’
    • ‘After spending 10 years dreaming of staging a one-man exhibition in London, self-taught artist Michael Forbes could hardly have imagined how his dearest wish would come true.’
    • ‘"I love you, too, sister dearest, " he said, following her into the house.’
    • ‘France would be positively unbearable without my dearest friend there with me!’
    • ‘I will always love you, my dearest friend, my only sister.’
    • ‘In it, the admiral wrote: ‘I can neither eat nor sleep for thinking of you my dearest love.’’
    • ‘My dearest wish is to be asked to teach midwives the importance of a new baby seeing faces close-to in the first 24 hours.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but wonder what my mother dearest had packed inside the brown box.’
    • ‘His elder bother is one of my oldest and dearest friends.’
    • ‘Brother dearest, can you tell me why I don't believe you?’
  • 2British Most expensive.

    ‘beer is dearest in Germany’
    • ‘Wages in South Lakeland were 20 per cent below the national average, but house prices were the dearest in the North West.’
    • ‘Why is your petrol the dearest in Europe when you have oil?’
    • ‘This country has moved from being the twelfth most expensive place for labour in 1999 to the eighth dearest this year, the submission adds.’
    • ‘According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, London is now the costliest city in the European Union and the fifth dearest in the world.’
    • ‘Chemists came second, with convenience stores coming out the dearest.’
    • ‘The number of claims per head in Ireland is among the largest in Europe, and payouts are greater, making insurance premiums among the dearest.’
    • ‘The survey also shows that gas prices for Irish consumers are the fourth dearest in Europe at €19.50 per gigajoule.’
    • ‘They finished the year with a 9.5 billion dollar surplus and tell us, when petrol is the dearest it has ever been, that next year they are going to tax it a further 12c a litre.’
    • ‘It was very expensive too, probably the dearest meal out we had.’
    • ‘The cheapest lager in London was £1.29p and the dearest £2.80p.’
    • ‘But these items were also the some of the dearest in the shop.’
    • ‘The estimated sale price at Sotheby's was between £6m and £8m but the final figure makes Omai the most expensive painting by Reynolds and the dearest sold at auction in London this year.’
    • ‘The experience of all ages and nations, I believe, demonstrates that the work done by slaves, though it appears to cost only their maintenance, is in the end the dearest of any.’


  • Used as an affectionate form of address.

    ‘you make me so happy, dearest’
    • ‘Kat said: ‘I would miss your bright eyes and sweet smile, dearest.’’
    • ‘‘I am one-hundred-percent male, my dearest,’ he said mockingly.’
    • ‘I have duties to attend to, and you, my dearest, have only one more day aboard this ship before you have to leave me.’
    • ‘If you are wondering who I am, my dearest, I will insist on delaying that information for a future time.’
    • ‘I'm so very sorry if I am, but I need to ask you, my dearest, a couple questions.’
    • ‘In the beauty that the stars are from Earth they are nothing compared to yours, my dearest.’
    • ‘But we've heard the last of such nonsense-talk, my dearest, and we can live happily ever after.’
    • ‘I will go but I will not die, I promise you that, my dearest!’
    • ‘‘Good morning dearest,’ Adrian said, as he kissed me and sat down beside me at the table lifting the newspaper I had picked up from the mail along with all the other bits and pieces.’