• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sweetheart privileged treatment of a favored person or corporation (sometimes unethically) "another sweetheart deal based on political influence"
    • n sweetheart a very attractive or seductive looking woman
    • n sweetheart any well-liked individual "he's a sweetheart"
    • n sweetheart a person loved by another person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
    • n Sweetheart A lover of mistress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to company lore, Ole Evinrude, a Norwegian immigrant, got the idea for an outboard motor while on a picnic with his sweetheart Bessie. They were on a small island in Lake Michigan, when Bessie decided she wanted some ice cream. Ole obligingly rowed to shore to get some, but by the time he made it back the ice cream had melted. So Ole built a motor that could be attached to his rowboat, and founded the Evinrude company in 1909.
    • n sweetheart A person beloved; a lover; more commonly, a girl beloved.
    • sweetheart To act the part of a lover to; pay court to; gallant: as, to sweetheart a lady.
    • sweetheart To perform the part of a lover; act the gallant; play the wooer: as, he is going a sweethearting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sweetheart a lover or mistress
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Love is said to be blind, but I know some fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.


In literature:

She was Angela Miller's friend besides bein' Mitch's sweetheart.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
I see very well, little girl, that you have a sweetheart in your mind already.
"The Devil's Pool" by George Sand
You were sweethearts of old, eh, lad?
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
A Sunday school sweetheart!
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
Felix Page's nephew and Alfred Fluette's daughter sweethearts!
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
He had come to the dance at Tomichi Creek to make love to Tony Alviro's betrothed sweetheart Bonita.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Does she smile or does she frown, Still I write a sweetheart down.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The soldier had a sweetheart, a girl from the mountains, independent and primitive.
"The Prussian Officer" by D. H. Lawrence
His sweetheart had promised to marry him, but in how strange a fashion.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Sweetheart pored into the depths of a buttercup.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett

In poetry:

What says the wind's song
That lifts her on her way?
"Blow along, my sweetheart,
I've known ye many a day!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1924]" by Cicely Fox Smith
What says the wind's song
That lifts her on her way?
"Blow along, my sweetheart,
I've known ye many a day!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1926]" by Cicely Fox Smith
Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When falls the bounteous year,
When fruit and wine of tree and vine
Give us their harvest cheer;
Oh, sweetheart, be my sweetheart,
For winter it draweth near.
"Be My Sweetheart" by Eugene Field
Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When the year is white and old,
When the fire of youth is spent, forsooth,
And the hand of age is cold;
Yet, sweetheart, be my sweetheart
Till the year of our love be told!
"Be My Sweetheart" by Eugene Field
Again I see that May moon shine,
Dost thou remember, soul of mine?
I held your hand in mine, you know,
And as I bent to whisper low,
A tender light was in your eye,
"Sweetheart, good-by, sweetheart, good-by."
"Good-By" by Marietta Holley
And in that hour of mystery,
When loved ones shall bend over me,
Near ones to kiss my lips and weep,
As nearer steals the dreamless sleep,
From all I'll turn with this last sigh,
"Sweetheart, good-by, sweetheart, good-by."
"Good-By" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Kirstie and Phil take on love-struck Englishman Laurie & his Australian sweetheart Celeste.
Every night I said, Trust me, sweetheart, this is going to be amazing, beautiful, fantastic.
Based on the popular movie with Reese Witherspoon, college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, played by Springfield's Katie Ford, doesn't take no for an answer.
Sweethearts of the Rodeo is back with their first album since 1996.
Olesha Haskett is marrying her college sweetheart, and she's chosen a destination wedding in Jamaica.
After settling in Billings, Rod married his sweetheart Donna Trumps.
Surprise your sweetheart with one of these indulgent getaways.
Treat your sweetheart to an intimate meal for two with these decadent dinner recipes.
Brady High School seniors Courtney Widick and Micah Most were crowned Sweetheart queen and king prior to the annual dance at the Community Center Saturday night.
Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate romance on the roads with the annual Sweetheart run in Flushing.
Run or walk with your sweetie this Saturday morning in Flushing at the annual Sweetheart 5k/10k races.
Want to really impress your sweetheart.
Congress behind closed doors churns out colorfully named sweetheart deals on ObamaCare.
RadarOnline.com has compiled a photo gallery tracing the Louisiana sweetheart's path from the southern girl next door to a world famous pop icon.
"Ron's mom is a real sweetheart and it seemed like she wanted to talk to someone," Sorrentino said.