follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

beloved

[bih-luhv-id, -luhvd] /bɪˈlʌv ɪd, -ˈlʌvd/
adjective
1.
greatly loved; dear to the heart.
noun
2.
a person who is greatly loved.
Origin of beloved
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English biloved, past participle of biloven to like, love; see be-, love, -ed2
Related forms
prebeloved, adjective, noun
superbeloved, adjective
unbeloved, adjective
Synonyms
1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for beloved
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Now the lover is not only unlike his beloved, but he forces himself upon him.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • For her sake her beloved sister should be cordially welcomed.

  • Here she learned that her beloved Amazan had just set sail for Albion.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • She insisted on accompanying the children of her beloved mistress to their new home.

    A Book For The Young Sarah French
British Dictionary definitions for beloved

beloved

/bɪˈlʌvɪd; -ˈlʌvd/
adjective
1.
dearly loved
noun
2.
a person who is dearly loved, such as a wife or husband
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for beloved
adj.

late 14c., from past participle of verb belove (c.1200), from be- + loven "to love" (see love (v.)). Noun meaning "one who is beloved" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for beloved

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for beloved

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends