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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Whittier Street Health Center is a vital and once-beloved community institution coming apart at the seams, but don’t bother trying to tell that to the people who run it. Adrian Walker,, "Whittier Street board votes to name the headquarters for the center’s director. Maybe the staff should have gotten a vote," 8 July 2018 The much-beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016, was born in Cambridge, Mass. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 After five movies, the T. rex now evokes the soulful pathos of seeing a once-beloved action star trying to keep up with the new kids, but with a little too much paunch. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "5 things to know about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Linda had recounted this happening to her sister, musing whether the cardinal somehow carried the felt-sense of her beloved husband. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 Hello Kitty, the adorable pink and white cartoon character, has been a beloved figure in Japan since Yuko Shimizu created her in 1974. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Japan Takes Transportation to the Next Level With a Hello Kitty Bullet Train," 26 June 2018 Joanne Rogers, widow of beloved children’s television personality Fred Rogers, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to spread one simple message: love. Aja Hoggatt,, "Mister Rogers' wife stopped by Jimmy Fallon to share the importance of the number 143," 13 June 2018 Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who joined the young Orioles organization way back in 1955 and became one of the most beloved players in the history of Major League Baseball, has rejoined the team in an advisory position. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles finally welcome Brooks Robinson home, name him special advisor," 15 July 2018 Late 2017 and early 2018 brought one obstacle after another: damage from Hurricane Irma, allegations of animal abuse, the death of one of its most beloved animals. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 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, -ˈləvd\

Kids Definition of beloved

: greatly loved : very dear a beloved friend

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