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


greatly loved; dear to the heart.


a person who is greatly loved.

Nearby words

  1. belonoid,
  2. belorussia,
  3. belorussian,
  4. belostok,
  5. belote,
  6. belovo,
  7. below,
  8. below par,
  9. below stairs,
  10. below the belt

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beloved


/ (bɪˈlʌvɪd, -ˈlʌvd) /


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