be·​loved bi-ˈləvd How to pronounce beloved (audio)
bē- How to pronounce beloved (audio)
: dearly loved : dear to the heart
our beloved grandmother
a beloved public figure
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Beloved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


be·​loved bi-ˈləv(-ə)d How to pronounce beloved (audio)
: dearly loved
beloved noun

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