Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Irish My darling.

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  • n. darling, sweetheart

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. My darling; darling: an Irish term of endearment.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Irish Gaelic mo mhuirnín : mo, my (from Old Irish; see me-1 in Indo-European roots) + muirnín, darling, diminutive of muirn, delight (from Old Irish, tumult, revels).

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Anglo-Irish, from the Irish mo mhuirnín, from mo ‘my’ + muirnín (diminutive of muirn ‘affection’).

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  • "Aunt Oona's messages—except for three "Where are you, mavourneen?" inquiries—were all reminders that Sean O'Reilly was planning to read "The Passing of the Gael" at the Daughters of Ireland meeting, and the whole family was going."

    Crosstalk by Connie Willis, pp 11-12

    February 13, 2017

  • a.k.a. mo mhuirní­n.

    March 5, 2007