Definition of beloved in English:

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1bəˈləv(ə)d Dearly loved.
Example sentences
  • 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, much loved, cherished, treasured, prized, highly regarded, admired, esteemed, worshiped, revered, venerated, idolized
1.1biˈləvd (beloved by/of) Very popular with or much used by a specified set of people: being so close, the mountain hut is beloved of families on a day’s outing
More example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /bəˈləvəd/
A much loved person: he watched his beloved
More example sentences
  • 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, love, darling, dearest, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend;
informal steady, (main) squeeze, boo
literary swain
dated beau, young man, man friend, young lady, lady friend
archaic doxy


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

Words that rhyme with beloved


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Syllabification: be·lov·ed

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