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British English: /dɪə/
American English: /dɪr/

Translation of dear in German:


  • 1 (beloved) (also ironic)
    (sweet) (also ironic) my dear sir/madam
    [mein] lieber Herr/[meine] liebe Dame
    my dear man/woman
    guter Mann/gute Frau
    my dear Jones/child/girl
    [mein] lieber Jones/liebes Kind/liebes Mädchen
    somebody/something is [very] dear to somebody['s heart]
    jemand liebt jemanden/etwas [über alles]
    somebody holds somebody/something dear [to him/to his heart]
    jemand/etwas liegt jemandem [sehr] am Herzen
    run for dear life my dearest wish
    mein innigster od. sehnlichster Wunsch
    his dearest ambition
    sein höchstes Ziel
  • 2 (beginning letter) See examples:Dear Sir/Madam
    Sehr geehrter Herr/Sehr geehrte Frau
    Dear Mr Jones/Mrs Jones
    Sehr geehrter Herr Jones/Sehr verehrte Frau Jones
    Dear Malcolm/Emily
    Lieber Malcolm/Liebe Emily
    Dearest Auntie Minnie
    Liebste Tante Minnie
    My dear Smith (British English) [less formal]
    Lieber Herr Smith
    (between old schoolfellows etc.)
    Lieber Smith
    [more formal]
    Sehr geehrter Herr Smith
  • 3
    (in addressing somebody)
    (in exclamation) See examples:dear God!
    ach du lieber Gott!
    madam 1, → sir 2


  • dear, dear!, dear me!, oh dear!
    [ach] du liebe od. meine Güte!


  • 1you ˈare a dear
    du bist wirklich lieb
    she is a dear
    sie ist ein Schatz
  • 2[my] dear (to wife, husband, younger relative)
    (to aunt)
    (to little girl/boy)
    [meine] Kleine/[mein] Kleiner
    (to man/woman)
    guter Mann/gute Frau
    Liebling der


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