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belove +‎ -ed.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): (as a noun or an attributive adjective) /bɪ.ˈlʌv.ɪd/, (as a predicative adjective/past participle) /bɪ.ˈlʌvd/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): (as a noun or an attributive adjective) /bə.ˈlʌv.əd/, (as a predicative adjective/past participle) /bə.ˈlʌvd/
  • hyphenation (noun or attributive adjective): be‧lov‧ed
  • hyphenation (predicative adjective/past participle): be‧loved


beloved (comparative more beloved, superlative most beloved)

  1. Much loved, dearly loved.



beloved (plural beloveds)

  1. Someone who is loved; something that is loved.




  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of belove.
    • 1547, The Order of the Communion. With the Kings Majesties Proclamation, London: Imprinted [...] by Richard Grafton, OCLC 613901137, page 4:
      Dearly beloved in the Lord, ye coming to his holy Communion, must consider what St. Paul writeth to the Corinthians, how he exhorteth all persons diligently to try and examine themselves, or ever they presume to eat of this bread, and drink of this Cup: []
    • 1747, Thomas Birch, “William Lord Russel”, in The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, Engraven by Mr. [Jacobus] Houbraken, and Mr. [George] Vertue. With Their Lives and Characters, volume I, London: Printed for John and Paul Knapton, OCLC 929085839, page 124:
      He [William Russell, Lord Russell] was a man of great candour and of a general reputation, univerſally beloved and truſted; of a generous and obliging temper.
    • 1760, Delahay Gordon, “The Life and Death of Mary Queen of Scots”, in A General History of the Lives, Trials, and Executions of All the Royal and Noble Personages, that have Suffered in Great-Britain and Ireland for High Treason, or Other Crimes, from the Accession of Henry VIII. to the Throne of England, down to the Present Time; [...], volume II, London: Printed for J. Burd, opposite St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet-Street, OCLC 13192347, page 108:
      [B]eing a plain and honeſt-minded man, [] he [Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox] loſt the favour of the French king in a ſhort time; and, when he could neither continue at home, nor return into France, he came into England, and ſubmitted himſelf to Henry VIII, who accepted him as a man well-beloved in the weſt borders, and acknowledged him as next heir to the crown of Scotland, after Mary then an infant, []
    • 1800, Schultz; [Benjamin Beresford, translator], “The Wooer”, in A Collection of German Ballads and Songs with Their Original Music, Done into English, 2nd edition, Berlin: [Printed by G. F. Starke and] sold by H. Frölich, and by Messieurs Baumgärtners, Leipsic, OCLC 43407965, stanza I, page 29:
      With auburn locks and killing eyes, / A laſs tripp'd o'er the mead. / The day declin'd; soft blush'd the skies, / And warblings fill'd the glade. / I nought but her could hear and see.— / Belov'd, I swear, the maid shall be, / Forever and for aye by me!

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