Precious; of great value; highly esteemed or valued.Costly; high in price; expensive, either absolutely, or as compared with the cost of other similar things, or of the same thing at other times or places: opposed to cheap.Characterized by high prices in consequence of scarcity or dearth: as, a dear season.Charging high prices: as, a dear tailor.Held in tender affection or esteem; loved; beloved: as, a dear child; a dear friendIntense; deep; keen; being of a high degree.Coming from the heart; heartfelt; earnest; passionate.Dangerous; deadly.[Obsolete or archaic in senses , and 8.]n. A darling: a word denoting tender affection or endearment, most commonly used in direct address: as, my dear.Dearly; very tenderly.At a dear rate; at a high price.An exclamation indicating surprise, pity, or other emotion: used absolutely or in connection with oh or me: as, oh dear ! I am so tired; dear me ! where have you been?To make dear; endear.n. An obsolete spelling of deer.