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

Translation of dear in Italian:


  • 1 (expressing attachment)
    (friend, mother)
    my dear o dearest girl, Anne (patronizing)
    mia cara ragazza, mia cara, carissima Anne
    my dear fellow (insisting) she's a very dear friend of mine
    è una mia cara amica
    he's my dearest friend
    è il mio più caro amico
    dear old Richard
    caro vecchio Richard
    to hold somebody, something very dear
    essere molto affezionato a qualcuno, a qualcosa
    their niece, freedom is very dear to them
    la nipote, libertà gli è molto cara
    the project is dear to his heart her dearest wish is to do
    il suo più grande desiderio è fare
  • 2 (expressing admiration)
    (dress, house)
    a dear old lady
    una cara vecchia signora
    she's a dear child
    (in appearance)
    è una bambina molto graziosa
    (in behaviour)
    è una bambina adorabile
  • 3 (in letter) See examples:Dear Sir Dear Madam
    Gentile Signora
    Dear Sirs Dear Mr Jones
    Egregio Signor Jones
    Dear Mr and Mrs Jones
    Gentilissimi Signori Jones
    Dear Anne
    Cara Anne
    Dear Anne and Paul
    Cari Anne e Paul
    Cara Anne, caro Paul
    My dear Catherine
    Mia cara Catherine
    Dearest Robert
    Carissimo Robert
  • 4 (expensive)
    (article, shop, workman)
    to get dearer
    diventare caro, rincarare


  • (term of address)
    (more formal, old-fashioned)
    carissimo (masculine) (-a)
    Anne dear,…
    Anne, cara…
    (less close)
    mia cara Anne…
    that's 50 pence, dear [informal]
    fa 50 pence, mia cara
    you poor dear
    (to child)
    povero piccolo
    (to adult)
    povero caro
    all the old dears [informal]
    tutti quei cari vecchietti
    our uncle is a dear
    nostro zio è adorabile
    be a dear and answer the phone
    sii gentile, rispondi al telefono



  • oh dear!
    (dismay, surprise)
    oh mio Dio!
    (less serious)
    dear me o dear dear, what a mess! dear me, no!
    povero me, no!

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