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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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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In 1949, Coward built his first nearby retreat, Blue Harbour, and later erected his beloved, modest one-bedroom Firefly on a hilltop with a magnificent, sweeping view of Jamaica’s coast. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:The Fife Arms Day 4: Cairngorms National Park Delve into royal history during a visit to Balmoral Castle, purchased in 1852 by Prince Albert for his beloved wife, Queen Victoria. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The concert series is beloved for giving superstar musicians an intimate setting to strip down their songs into bare-bones live performances. Nardine Saad,, "Watch Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster take over NPR," 10 June 2019 John Taylor Willett JT, our beloved husband and daddy, lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 4, 2019., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 So how do those projects compare to co-starring with her beloved in a music video? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Sophie Turner finds making a Jonas Brothers video 'more chaotic' than 'Game of Thrones'," 3 June 2019 Now that Game of Thrones has finally wrapped, the members of its beloved cast are likely enjoying a little bit of time off before plunging into their next projects. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "What Is the Game of Thrones Cast Working on Next?," 22 May 2019 Microsoft’s beloved Windows 7 is the most popular desktop PC operating system in the world, with over 40 percent market share, again by NetMarketShare. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "For some, the glory days of Microsoft are ending in about a year," 18 Jan. 2019 Proactiv, the acne-fighting skin-care brand, beloved (and endorsed) by celebrities, including Jessica Simpson, Olivia Munn, and Justin Bieber, is tapping into our ever-present sense of childhood nostalgia. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Proactiv Partners With Hello Kitty for the Purrfect Skin-Care Collaboration," 24 July 2018

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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