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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dearly loved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. loved
  • n. someone who is loved; something that is loved

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One greatly loved.
  • Greatly loved; dear to the heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loved; greatly loved; dear to the heart.
  • n. One who is greatly loved; one very dear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dearly loved
  • n. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Etymologies

Middle English biloved, past participle of beloven, to love : bi-, be- + loven, to love; see love.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The Leader stood awhile with head bowed down;
    Then said: "The business badly he recounted
    Who grapples with his hook the sinners yonder."

    And the Friar: "Many of the Devil's vices
    Once heard I at Bologna, and among them,
    That he's a liar and the father of lies."

    Thereat my Leader with great strides went on,
    Somewhat disturbed with anger in his looks;
    Whence from the heavy-laden I departed

    After the prints of his beloved feet.

    -Dante's Divine Comedy

    July 22, 2009


  • And did you get what
    you wanted from this life, even so?
    I did.
    And what did you want?
    To call myself beloved, to feel myself
    beloved on the earth.

    -- Raymond Carver

    October 22, 2007


  • I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
    The want of you;
    Of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
    And posting it.

    -- Amy Lowell

    October 22, 2007