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beloved Syllabification: be·lov·ed

Definition of beloved in English:


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/
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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.
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'.

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