What does the word endearment mean?

Usage examples for endearment

  1. Then he knelt at her side and took her hands with a murmur of endearment. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  2. Stretching up his arms, he made soft murmuring of endearment. – The World For Sale, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  3. Why had he uttered her name with an endearment? – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend