[wel-bi-luhv-id, -luhvd]


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

Examples from the Web for well-beloved

Historical Examples of well-beloved

  • 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!


    Anatole France

Word Origin and History for well-beloved

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper