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[wel-bi-luhv-id, -luhvd] /ˈwɛl bɪˈlʌv ɪd, -ˈlʌvd/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Was Athene from the first the well-beloved daughter of Zeus?

  • But mind, my most righteous and well-beloved, I will have no flattery.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • My well-beloved was I knew in possession of some terrible secret which she dared not betray.

    The Sign of Silence William Le Queux
  • The well-beloved hero was moved to the soul of him by that passionate appeal.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Is not this Percy's well-beloved aunt, who nursed Helen, and is such a friend of John's?'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The well-beloved was Himself the only object which attracted my heart.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • I went out and found the bald-headed and well-beloved wretch.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • What lover would not wish to be the tunic of his well-beloved or the water of her bath?

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • He scarcely dared to dream of such old brave days, now the well-beloved secrets hidden beneath a cassock and a cowl.

    The Golden Road Frank Waller Allen
  • These were not mere words; Alexander the well-beloved was sincere.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
Word Origin and History for well-beloved

late 14c., from well (adv.) + beloved.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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