Middle English Dictionary Entry

dẹ̄̆reling n.
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Note: Cp. dẹ̄re adj.(1).
(a) Beloved person; friend, favorite, sweetheart; (b) in direct address; (c) of kings: Engle ~, Englene ~, beloved of the English; Brittene ~, the darling of the Britons; Englelondes ~, Irishmonnen ~, Scottene ~, (d) fig. a favorite nation, the cross; (e) as personal name.
(a) Beloved of God or Christ, a saint, holy man, devout Christian; Cristes ~, Godes ~; (b) fig.