- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
Behold the great saint, against whom hell has not prevailed, the well-beloved of God!Thais
Word Origin and History for well-beloved
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper