- held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.
Origin of loved
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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Examples from the Web for well-loved
People might be surprised that during that period “Maiden Voyage,” one of your most well-loved standards, began as a TV jingle.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
Dr. Corporen, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, was described as a “well-loved physician” in the local community.Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland: The Arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller
John Avlon, Caitlin Dickson
April 14, 2014
He saw the well-loved face, now pale and drawn with suffering and remorse.
Then his eyes came to her well-loved face again, and he shook his head.
And please don't sulk—only well-loved people can afford to do that.Clair de Lune
I could not resist uttering this panegyric on our well-loved captain.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
Once more she hears the well-loved sounds of 'How do you do, Mrs. Reynolds?Mary Lamb
Anne Burrows Gilchrist
- loved by many people; very popular
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