Definition of dearest in US English:



  • 1Most loved or cherished.

    ‘one of my dearest friends’
    • ‘‘They are my dearest friends and I love them,’ she said as her eyelids closed.’
    • ‘Sarah had become the dearest friend I had ever had, and I hers.’
    • ‘His dearest wish was to bring people of different races and creeds together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brother dearest, can you tell me why I don't believe you?’
    • ‘As things stand, his self-confessed dearest wish seems about to be granted.’
    • ‘The alarm went off, and Stacey ran out on the parade ground, holding armfuls of records and pop posters, her dearest possessions.’
    • ‘All I know was that my dearest love had turned up finally.’
    • ‘France would be positively unbearable without my dearest friend there with me!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘His elder bother is one of my oldest and dearest friends.’
    • ‘My dearest wish for this season is to see the little girl blossom as a four-year-old.’
    • ‘I will always love you, my dearest friend, my only sister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Could she not even trust her own heart, her dearest love?’
    • ‘"I love you, too, sister dearest, " he said, following her into the house.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but wonder what my mother dearest had packed inside the brown box.’
    dear, dearest, precious, adored, loved, beloved, much loved, favourite, cherished, treasured, prized, esteemed, worshipped, idolized, lionized
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  • 2British Most expensive.

    ‘beer is dearest in Germany’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This country has moved from being the twelfth most expensive place for labour in 1999 to the eighth dearest this year, the submission adds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was very expensive too, probably the dearest meal out we had.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The survey also shows that gas prices for Irish consumers are the fourth dearest in Europe at €19.50 per gigajoule.’
    • ‘Why is your petrol the dearest in Europe when you have oil?’
    • ‘Wages in South Lakeland were 20 per cent below the national average, but house prices were the dearest in the North West.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, London is now the costliest city in the European Union and the fifth dearest in the world.’


  • 1Used as an affectionate form of address to a much-loved person.

    ‘you make me so happy, dearest’
    • ‘Kat said: ‘I would miss your bright eyes and sweet smile, dearest.’’
    • ‘I'm so very sorry if I am, but I need to ask you, my dearest, a couple questions.’
    • ‘I will go but I will not die, I promise you that, my dearest!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘I am one-hundred-percent male, my dearest,’ he said mockingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    darling, love, beloved, loved one, sweetheart, sweet, precious, treasure
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    1. 1.1 A much-loved person.
      ‘I was going to miss my dearest’
      • ‘When you visualize yourself and your beloved in three hundred years' time, you just feel so happy that you are alive today and that your dearest is alive today.’
      • ‘This Easter weekend was spent in London with two of my dearest (bar the obvious exception), and saw us making the most of this pagan festival in the happy company of a visiting pair.’
      • ‘Or I would love a childfree life with my very unique dearest.’
      • ‘Who would have dreamed that our very own closest and dearest would become ‘victims of terror’?’
      • ‘We shall have failed, and the blood of our dearest will have flowed in vain, if the victory does not lead to a lasting peace, founded on justice and good will.’