held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.

Origin of loved

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
Related formsun·loved, adjectivewell-loved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-loved

Contemporary Examples of well-loved

Historical Examples of well-loved

  • 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

    Michael Strange

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for well-loved


adjective (well loved when postpositive)

loved by many people; very popular
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