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1(in Spanish-speaking regions) a female romantic partner (often as an affectionate form of address)‘my querida and I went here for a late supper’‘in case you're reading this, querida, I love you’
- 1.1SE Asian A married man's mistress.‘she plays the wife who is sharing him with his kerida’
- 1.1SE Asian A married man's mistress.
Spanish, from querer ‘to love’.
In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries: a female sweetheart, a darling.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Albert Pike (1809–1891). From Spanish querida a female sweetheart, a darling, use as noun of feminine of querido, past participle of querer to seek out, desire, love.
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