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[wel-bi-luhv-id, -luhvd] /ˈwɛl bɪˈlʌv ɪd, -ˈlʌvd/
loved deeply and sincerely:
my well-beloved fiancé.
highly respected and honored:
our well-beloved speaker.
a person who is loved dearly:
in respect for the well-beloved.
Origin of well-beloved
1350-1400; Middle English wel biloved Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But mind, my most righteous and well-beloved, I will have no flattery.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The well-beloved hero was moved to the soul of him by that passionate appeal.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The well-beloved was Himself the only object which attracted my heart.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • What lover would not wish to be the tunic of his well-beloved or the water of her bath?

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • Behold the great saint, against whom hell has not prevailed, the well-beloved of God!

    Thais Anatole France
  • These were not mere words; Alexander the well-beloved was sincere.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • That was no time for grieving, even for one well-beloved as the captain.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • And always at her side was her man, her well-beloved, to explain and to protect.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • For whom, indeed, but my well-beloved cousin Francis Mordaunt!

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • It was said that disciples were bearing a well-beloved teacher to the grave.

Word Origin and History for well-beloved

late 14c., from well (adv.) + beloved.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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