1. Proper noun.  (given name, male) , an occasional spelling variant of Ernest.
  2. Adjective.  Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavour; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
  3. Adjective.  Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  4. Adjective.  Serious; important.
  5. Noun.  Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
  6. Noun.  Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come.
  7. Noun.  Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.

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