be·​loved | \ bi-ˈləvd How to pronounce beloved (audio) , -ˈlə-vəd, bē- How to pronounce beloved (audio) \

Definition of beloved

: dearly loved : dear to the heart our beloved grandmother a beloved public figure

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Other Words from beloved

beloved noun

Examples of beloved in a Sentence

He is a beloved public figure. an actor beloved by millions of fans one of the city's most beloved buildings
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Recent Examples on the Web Varejao played 12 seasons Cleveland and —as in Oakland — became a beloved figure. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "For the Warriors, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are just a rumor," 8 May 2021 However, its rise as a globally beloved game has roots somewhere else: in the emergence of modern American culture in the 1920s. Time, "What the Surprising History of Mah-jongg Can Teach Us About America," 4 May 2021 Some are understandably wary about the attempt to resurrect a beloved Blizzard game, given the disaster that was Warcraft 3: Reforged. Dave Thier, Forbes, "‘Diablo 2 Resurrected’: Technical Alpha Classes, Dates, And How To Sign Up," 8 Apr. 2021 Another beloved card game, Scrimish is classic and fun. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "27 games perfect for couples stuck inside," 6 Apr. 2021 Abdullah and Hamzah are both sons of King Hussein, who remains a beloved figure two decades after his death. NBC News, "Jordan's royals resolve family feud, lawyer says," 6 Apr. 2021 Two beloved Laurel organizations — one a nonprofit, the other a business — have teamed up to ensure that deceased service members are honored during the 2021 holiday season. Mary Sullivan,, "Wreaths Across America boosted by donation from Laurel’s Mission BBQ | OLD TOWN," 29 Apr. 2021 Hsieh, a beloved figure in Silicon Valley and Las Vegas, died in November after injuries sustained in a Connecticut house fire. Angel Au-yeung, Forbes, "Longtime Family Friend And Financial Consultant Of The Late Tony Hsieh Sues His Family For $7 Million," 28 Apr. 2021 As a legend in the hip hop world and a beloved pop culture figure, Simmons will get his flowers one way or the other. Ineye Komonibo,, "DMX’s Family Addresses Rumours About The Late Rapper In New Official Statement," 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of beloved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beloved

Middle English, from past participle of beloven to love, from be- + loven to love

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The first known use of beloved was in the 14th century

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18 May 2021

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“Beloved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beloved

: very much loved : dearly loved


be·​lov·​ed | \ bə-ˈlə-vəd How to pronounce beloved (audio) , -ˈləvd \

Kids Definition of beloved

: greatly loved : very dear a beloved friend

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