Definition of lonely hearts column in English:

lonely hearts column


  • A newspaper or magazine column containing advertisements from readers looking for a partner or lover.

    ‘she tries her luck in the lonely hearts columns’
    • ‘He has tried lonely hearts columns in local newspapers a few times.’
    • ‘Maybe I should place an ad in a lonely hearts column.’
    • ‘After the numbness of widowhood wore off, she found love again through the lonely hearts column of her local newspaper.’
    • ‘Many men were adamant they have never used dating agencies or lonely hearts columns.’
    • ‘She answered an advertisement that he had placed in a newspaper lonely hearts column.’
    • ‘Intrigued by an advertisement he has placed in a lonely hearts column, she and Rebecca contact him simply to see what sort of person would place such an ad.’
    • ‘I think a lot of people read lonely hearts columns with a great deal of interest.’
    • ‘I joined an internet dating agency, but had no luck, then moved on to answering ads in a local newspaper lonely hearts column.’
    • ‘He resorts to finding a wife by whatever means necessary: writing to lonely hearts columns and employing the services of a matchmaker.’
    • ‘A bachelor meets a woman through a lonely hearts column with dramatic results.’