Dear or Dearest in a letter to a friend?

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New Member
German - Germany
Hi everyone!
This is my first post so I hope I'm in the right forum for it.

When writing a letter to a friend, is Dearest the right way to start it? Or is it only used when writing to people you're very close to e.g. family members, your significant other?
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    The standard way in English to start a letter is "Dear [person's name]", even when the person you're writing to is a complete stranger.

    We'd only use "Dearest ...", as you say, to a very close friend or member of our family.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum! :).
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