beloved

[ bih-luhv-id, -luhvd ]
/ bɪˈlʌv ɪd, -ˈlʌvd /

adjective

greatly loved; dear to the heart.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for beloved

beloved

/ (bɪˈlʌvɪd, -ˈlʌvd) /

adjective

dearly loved

noun

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

beloved


adj.

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.

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