1. One who is loved.
2. Used as a familiar term of endearment.
a. A person regarded as generous or lovable.
b. Something cherished for its excellent qualities.
Involving privileged treatment of a favored party; illegally or unethically favorable: "another land grab, another sweetheart deal based on political influence" (Village Voice).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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