One dearly beloved; a favorite.
- A dearly beloved person.
- One that is greatly liked or preferred; a favorite: "the pride and vanity of the rich, the darlings of fate” ( Mario Puzo).
- Dearly beloved.
- Regarded with special favor; favorite: "Metaphysics and poetry . . . are my darling studies” ( Samuel Taylor Coleridge).
- Informal Charming or amusing: a darling hat.