used in expressions of surprise, dismay, or sympathy:oh dear, I’ve upset you 1regarded with deep affection:a dear friend he is very dear to me used in speech as a polite or affectionate form of address:Martin, my dear fellow used in the polite form of address at the start of a letter. endearing; sweet:a dear little puppy
chiefly British expensive:five pounds—that’s a bit dear!
at a high cost:they buy property cheaply and sell dear
used as an affectionate or friendly form of address:don’t you worry, dear a sweet or endearing person:Harry’s a dear