Kær means dear, beloved, or cherished. It is directly related to the English word cherished, both came from the French word cher (it reached Iceland through the French chivalric sagas).
It is used in the following words and phrases:
- Takk kærlega (Thank you so much!)
- Kæri (dear) – This is the correct way to address someone you are writing a love note to.
- Kærar kveðjur (warm regards) – The correct way to end an email.
- Kærasti / kærasta (boyfriend / girlfriend) – The Icelandic word for boyfriend / girlfriend is just “my dearest”.