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Borrowing from Welsh cariad.


cariad ‎(plural cariads)

  1. (Wales, borrowed) Darling.
    • 1869 John Saunders, "Hirell"
      Eh, dear, Mr. Robert, sir, the master's waiting to hear you ask after your little cariad (sweetheart), Miss Hirell.
    • 1905 September 29, T. H. Thomas, “A Fisher-Story and Other Notes from South Wales”, in Folklore[1], page 338:
      "Wilt thou be my cariad?" said she.
    • 1999 June 16, Martin Phillips, “Re: "Wales is a gay nation"”, in alt.gossip.celebrities, Usenet[2], message-ID <7k99jo$2og$>:
      As for the women, I believe Catherine Zeta-Jones might not be equine, and is, in fact, quite representational of Welsh women. I'll stick to my cariads, thank you very much.
    • 2000 April 11, Taffy3Rock, “Re: A Final Fairwell”, in, Usenet[3], message-ID <>:
      I'd say collegeboy is a high contender, Warren, cariad.
    • 2007, Barbara Williams Cook, "Led by Faith"
      And all because we are together, my little cariad.
    • 2011, Mary MacLauren, The Four Elizabeths (ISBN: 978-1-4568-5372-3), page 46:
      [...] as he suckled at her breast beneath the Welsh shawl. Tired but happier, Susannah Holmes remembered Mary's native logic when her name had been called. "Oh well, cariads. One hell is as good as another."





  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of cariar.



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cariad m (plural cariadau or cariadon)

  1. love, charity, affection
  2. beloved (one); lover, sweetheart, darling, boyfriend, girlfriend

Derived terms[edit]

  • cariad brawdol m ‎(brotherly love)
  • cariadus ‎(loving, affectionate, kind; loved, beloved, adj)

Related terms[edit]

  • caru ‎(to love; to like)


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cariad gariad nghariad chariad
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.