Definition of beloved in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈlʌvɪd/
Pronunciation: /bɪˈlʌvd/


1Dearly loved: his beloved son
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  • Admire the two very belated Birthday cards and the pictures of my dearly beloved and much missed Labrador dog!
  • At the time, Rosen says he could not possibly have thought that anything was worse than losing his beloved son.
  • On her return to Kerry, she decided to set up a charity in honour of her beloved son, Billy.
darling, dear, dearest, precious, adored, loved, much loved, favourite, cherished, treasured, prized, esteemed, worshipped, idolized, lionized
loved, liked, highly regarded, adored, admired, esteemed, valued, prized, revered, venerated, exalted
1.1 (beloved by/of) Very popular with (a specified set of people): the stark council estates beloved of town planners in the 1960s
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  • Forte is a very popular figure in city government, seemingly beloved by every local politician in sight.
  • With their high standards and empathetic members, the unit was beloved by the populace of the Republic.
  • It is one of those what if questions so beloved of producers of popular history series for prime-time TV.


A much loved person: he watched his beloved from afar
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  • She sang about a Mongolian girl who is deeply in love and can see her beloved wherever she goes.
  • She sat with his head cradled in her lap and admired the perfect features of her beloved.
  • When you are in love but still single, some effort has to be made to create an impression on your beloved.
sweetheart, loved one, love, true love, lady love, darling, dearest, dear one, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, young lady, young man, woman friend, lady friend, man friend, beau, admirer, worshipper, inamorata, inamorato;
fiancée, fiancé, betrothed, partner, significant other;
the love of one's life, the apple of one's eye, the object of one's affections
informal fancy woman, fancy man, flame, steady, baby, angel, honey, pet, bird, WAG (wife or girlfriend), fella
British informal boyf, girlf
literary swain
archaic gallant, paramour, leman, doxy


Late Middle English: past participle of obsolete belove 'be pleasing', later 'love'.

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