be·​loved | \bi-ˈləvd, -ˈlə-vəd, bē- \

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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But by far his most beloved (and most widely quoted) film across multiple generations is 1987's postmodern fairytale, The Princess Bride. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride," 16 Nov. 2018 In 2017, the Eagle Creek fire scorched nearly 50,000 of Oregon’s most beloved acres in the Columbia River Gorge and rained ash and smoke on the state’s densest population center. Kate Wiliams, The Seattle Times, "Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?," 15 Oct. 2018 Charlotte Tilbury's various types of lipsticks are some of the most beloved in the beauty industry. Marci Robin, Allure, "Charlotte Tilbury Launches Superstar Lips, a Limited-Edition Glossy Lipstick," 6 Oct. 2018 One of the most beloved gaming keyboards is available at an all-time low price today. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Corsair's K70 MK.2 Special Edition keyboard is built for fast gaming and cheaper than ever at $50 off," 5 Oct. 2018 What started as a funky little sci-fi trilogy from the late 70s/early 80s has exploded into the world's most beloved fan franchise. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars "The Mandalorian"," 5 Oct. 2018 Nintendo announced today that some of the most beloved role-playing classics from developer Square Enix are coming to the Switch next year, including Final Fantasy VII. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Final Fantasy VII, IX, X/X-2, and XII are all coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019," 13 Sep. 2018 Over the past four months, the football team has been coping with the loss of beloved assistant coach Aaron Feis, one of the 17 victims who died in the Feb. 14 shooting at the Parkland high school. Wells Dusenbury,, "Stoneman Douglas football coach Willis May back with team after reassignment," 5 July 2018 ORL The Lions jettisoned beloved former coach Adrian Heath midway through his second MLS season two years ago with Orlando City still in the thick of the playoff race. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Here’s hoping Orlando City actually has some patience with new coach James O’Connor," 3 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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The first known use of beloved was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of beloved

: very much loved : dearly loved


be·​lov·​ed | \bə-ˈlə-vəd, -ˈləvd\

Kids Definition of beloved

: greatly loved : very dear a beloved friend

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