- greatly loved; dear to the heart.
- a person who is greatly loved.
Origin of beloved
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1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling.
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Examples from the Web for beloved
You will have your beloved father back sooner than you think, and you can visit and communicate with him all the while.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
Author J.K. Rowling says all religions are present at her beloved wizard school—except Wiccans.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
Castro actually flew up to Montreal to be a pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of a beloved Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
From cognac to bourbon, rye to añejo tequila, many of our beloved spirits spend years aging in wooden casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Adding to the feeling of powerlessness for the woman is that Cosby is a beloved celebrity.Here’s What She’d Tell Bill Cosby Today
December 9, 2014
The laws of the country made it impossible to accompany her beloved husband.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
For her sake her beloved sister should be cordially welcomed.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
To me, at least, the blow is easier to bear when I know that His beloved hand didn't strike it.The Conquest of Fear
It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.Weighed and Wanting
To know that he was beloved was enough for him, and satisfied him.The Dream
- dearly loved
- a person who is dearly loved, such as a wife or husband
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Word Origin and History for beloved
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