Definition of beloved adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    beloved

     adjective
    adjective(formal)
     
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  1. 1
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlʌvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlʌvd//
     
    beloved by/of somebody loved very much by somebody; very popular with somebody the deep purple flowers so beloved by artists She was beloved by all who knew her.
  2. 2
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlʌvɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlʌvɪd//
     
    [only before noun] loved very much in memory of our dearly beloved son, John They were glad to be back in their beloved Ireland. More Like This Adjectives ending in –ed pronounced /-ɪd/ aged, beloved, crooked, dogged, learned, naked, ragged, rugged, sacred, wickedSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: past participle of obsolete belove ‘be pleasing’, later ‘love’.Extra examples She ran one of the little tea rooms so beloved of Londoners at the turn of the century. an area beloved by artists the death of his much beloved wife
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