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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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
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Yastrzemski is the grandson of Carl Yastrzemski, who primarily patrolled left field for 23 seasons (1961-83) in Boston and remains one of the city’s most beloved players. Rusty Simmons,, "Giants drop Buster Posey into sixth spot amid season ripe with batting struggles," 13 Sep. 2019 What is notable, though, is that Remedy may be using the opportunity to continue one of the most beloved cult classic game franchises of the modern era. Wired, "Loot Boxes Should Be Regulated as Gambling, Parliament Says," 13 Sep. 2019 Pasha conferred this once-ancient title upon me, to fashion me after Süleyman’s most beloved and trusted haseki. Teen Vogue, "The First Excerpt of Samira Ahmed's "Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know" Is an Immersive YA Adventure Story in Paris," 10 Sep. 2019 Dolly Parton: My collection with Kirkland’s is inspired by eight of my most beloved songs, and I was honored to work with David Diskin to bring these pieces to life. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Dolly Parton Just Curated a Wall Art Collection Inspired by Her Music," 5 Sep. 2019 Baklava remains one of the world's most beloved delicacies, with the 30-year-old (probably) already making umpteen of them in his lovely new kitchen, or at least getting a few tips from the Trabzonspor chefs on how to craft these sweet delights., "Great British Bake Off: 5 Footballers Who Would Without Doubt 100% Win the Competition," 4 Sep. 2019 You're probably well-acquainted with Boy Brow, one of Glossier's most beloved and established products. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Glossier and BARK Teamed Up for a Limited-Edition Dog Toy Line," 3 Sep. 2019 Valerie Harper, the resilient sitcom star whose nine-season run in the 1970s as wisecracking straight-shooter Rhoda Morgenstern made her one of the most beloved TV actresses of her era, has died after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda Morgenstern, Dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019 The platypus is one of Australia’s most beloved species—and, seemingly, one of its most resilient. Christie Wilcox, National Geographic, "The silent decline of the platypus, Australia’s beloved oddity," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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