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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Recent Examples on the Web But the woman, who had died in late February of cardiac arrest, was a beloved figure in the neighborhood. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 Louis-Philippe outraged the masses by giving Périer a state funeral, but refusing to bestow the same honor on General Lamarque, a beloved hero of the Napoleonic Wars who died from cholera a few weeks later. Maurice Samuels, Time, "Conspiracy Theories, Class Tension, Political Intrigue: Lessons From France’s Mishandling of a 19th Century Cholera Outbreak," 15 May 2020 Her beloved son-in-law, my father, was a Royal Air Force pilot; my mother, her only daughter, had come home with me. Perdita Buchan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Two crises, two gardens," 13 May 2020 The beloved sitcom, which ended after ten seasons in 2004, hasn’t been available to stream since the end of 2019, when the series left Netflix. Glamour, "The Friends Reunion Is Really Happening—Here’s Everything We Know," 13 May 2020 In Charles Dickens’s much beloved novella A Christmas Carol, the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge is unmoved when the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present show him how his cruelty and selfishness have harmed others. Dan Cable, Scientific American, "Coping with ‘Death Awareness’ in the COVID-19 Era," 13 May 2020 Our society, Adams says, loves abusers, who can be charming, charismatic, and successful, beloved by institutions dedicated to elevating male authority and vanity, such as the National Football League and the Catholic Church. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?," 13 May 2020 These jokes emerged from the perspective of young people like me, who saw something alien about these beloved family members. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "In Jerry Stiller, the Rage of Jewish Fathers Found a Hilarious Outlet," 11 May 2020 Sister Mary Estelle Printz, age 95, a beloved member of the Felician Congregation for 73 years, died Easter Sunday, April 12. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "7 Catholic religious sisters now dead of coronavirus at same Michigan convent," 7 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beloved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce beloved (audio) How to pronounce beloved (audio)

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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