beloved

[bih-luhv-id, -luhvd]
adjective
1.
greatly loved; dear to the heart.
noun
2.
a person who is greatly loved.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English biloved, past participle of biloven to like, love; see be-, love, -ed2

prebeloved, adjective, noun
superbeloved, adjective
unbeloved, adjective


1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling.
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beloved (bɪˈlʌvɪd, -ˈlʌvd)
 
adj
1.  dearly loved
 
n
2.  a person who is dearly loved, such as a wife or husband

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Word Origin & History

beloved
late 14c. (adj.), from pp. of v. belove (c.1200), from be- + loven "to love." Noun meaning "one who is beloved" is from 1520s.
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Example sentences
If you and one of your beloved professors actually started to date, it would
  never be as good as your fantasy.
Strangest of all, many want their beloved artificial sweeteners to be less
  artificial.
Take a virtual tour of a chocolate factory and nibble on the history and
  science of this beloved treat.
The brain encourages an intense focus on the beloved through the reward system.
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