Darby and Joan

noun be like Darby and Joan BrE humorous used when talking about an old husband and wife who live very happily together

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Darby and Joan — [ˌda:bi ən ˈdʒəun US ˌda:rbi ən ˈdʒoun] n BrE [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: The names of a happy long married couple in an 18th century poem] like Darby and Joan used humorously when talking about an old husband and wife who live very happily… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Darby and Joan — 1735, characteristic name of an old, happily married couple …   Etymology dictionary

  • Darby and Joan — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a devoted old married couple. ORIGIN from a poem (1735) in the Gentleman s Magazine …   English terms dictionary

  • Darby and Joan — [där′bē ənd jō an′, jōn′] n. [< an 18th c. song] an old married couple much devoted to each other …   English World dictionary

  • Darby and Joan — For films of this title, see Darby and Joan (film). Darby and Joan is a proverbial phrase for a married couple content to live a quiet shared life. Contents 1 Usage 2 Appearances as a poetic conceit 3 Appearances in popular music …   Wikipedia

  • darby and joan — n. a devoted old married couple. Phrases and idioms: Darby and Joan club Brit. a club for people over 60. Etymology: 18th c.: perh. f. a poem of 1735 in the Gentleman s Magazine * * * |därbēənˈjō(ə)n, jōˈan noun Usage: usually capitalized D&J… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Darby and Joan —    1. an elderly married couple living together    They were the characters in Woodfall s 18thcentury ballad, who grew old together. Rarely seen as a verb:     Darby and Joaning it into the sunset. (Bogarde, 1981)    2. obsolete British    a pair …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Darby and Joan — Dar·by and Joan || dɑːbɪ É™n(d) dʒəʊn n. (British) happily married and devoted elderly couple …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Darby and Joan — noun Etymology: probably from Darby & Joan, couple in an 18th century song Date: 1760 a happily married usually elderly couple …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Darby and Joan — a happily married elderly couple who lead a placid, uneventful life. [named after a couple mentioned in an 18th century song] * * * …   Universalium

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