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

Other Words from beloved

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
Recent Examples on the Web Trey Mancini, acquired from Baltimore at the deadline, is one of the game’s most beloved players, for his courage (overcoming colon cancer in 2020) and character. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2022 And with it, some of the Red Sox’ most beloved players are on their way out. Jason Mastrodonato, Hartford Courant, 6 Aug. 2022 Derby Dinner Playhouse presents one of MGM’s grandest and most beloved musicals featuring Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. The Courier-Journal, 6 Aug. 2022 One such man, Abelardo Juanz, and now his descendants, operate one of the longest running Chinese restaurants in Hermosillo, Restaurante Abelardo, where chop suey is one of the most beloved dishes. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 The Mets—not the Yankees—have become the big spender in town, more Yankees than even the Yankees, and what better way to prove it than by luring the city’s most beloved current athlete? Jason Gay, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 The group starred in the beloved NBC sitcom during its 10-season run from 1994 to 2004. Glenn Garner,, 30 July 2022 Few Marvel comics stories from the past decade are as beloved as writer Jason Aaron's seven-year run with the God of Thunder. Christian Holub,, 15 July 2022 Few actors in Hollywood are more beloved than Bob Odenkirk, a brilliant comedian who ended up becoming a brilliant dramatic actor. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Beloved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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