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[luhvd] /lʌvd/
held in deep affection; cherished:
loved companions; much-loved friends.
Origin of loved
1250-1300; Middle English
Related forms
unloved, adjective
well-loved, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Bluff King Hal," although a well-loved monarch, was none too good a one in many ways.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • I could not resist uttering this panegyric on our well-loved captain.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • He rushed forward to greet me with effusion, as if I were a long-lost and well-loved patron.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Once more she hears the well-loved sounds of 'How do you do, Mrs. Reynolds?

    Mary Lamb Anne Burrows Gilchrist
  • “Bluff King Hal,” although a well-loved monarch, was none too good a one in many ways.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • He was at once the highly educated and well-loved Virginian of years ago.

    The Red City S. Weir Mitchell
  • The old house, well-kept and well-loved, wore a tranquil expression of permanence and security.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Nought might he see her well-loved face; But he felt her lips in the mirky place.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for well-loved


adjective (well loved when postpositive)
loved by many people; very popular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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