[bih-luhv-id, -luhvd]


greatly loved; dear to the heart.


a person who is greatly loved.

Origin of beloved

1350–1400; Middle English biloved, past participle of biloven to like, love; see be-, love, -ed2
Related formspre·be·lov·ed, adjective, nounsu·per·be·lov·ed, adjectiveun·be·loved, adjective

Synonyms for beloved

1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beloved

Contemporary Examples of beloved

Historical Examples of beloved

  • The laws of the country made it impossible to accompany her beloved husband.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • For her sake her beloved sister should be cordially welcomed.

  • To me, at least, the blow is easier to bear when I know that His beloved hand didn't strike it.

  • It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • To know that he was beloved was enough for him, and satisfied him.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for beloved



dearly loved


a person who is dearly loved, such as a wife or husband
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Word Origin and History for beloved

late 14c., from past participle of verb belove (c.1200), from be- + loven "to love" (see love (v.)). Noun meaning "one who is beloved" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper