from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Greatly beloved; very dear. Sometimes used substantively.


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  • Of course, for a bookish person, there is no place like home when the bookshelf is comfortably stocked, and you are blessed with a soft chair, a warm fire, a bright lamp over your shoulder, a cool drink at your elbow, and a few uninterrupted hours to open the covers of some well-beloved book of gold, and soar to distant realms whose stars are not like ours, far from the fields we know.

    MIND MELD: Books That Hold Special Places in Our Hearts and On Our Shelves

  • The letters are from the Queen explaining in pitiless detail why she had picked her "right, trusty and well-beloved counsellor John Leslie Prescott" for the job.

    The peerless John Prescott takes his place in House Of Lords

  • At least, this format is well-beloved in fanfiction, and I think an audience trained on serial TV with long character arcs may be more receptive to it.

    Purely Hypothetical

  • Caspian, well-beloved son of Aslan, forgets the full nature of his calling and momentarily decides that he should accompany Reepicheep to beyond the very edge of the world, for no other reason than that he wants to.

    Carl McColman: Spiritual Lessons From 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Movie

  • I wrote them because I wanted to imagine myself differently - not as the nerdy, lonely kid that I was, but the much prettier and well-beloved princess of a magical land.

    And you may ask yourself, how did I get here?

  • After so much of my pre-1930s reading, I've come to believe that the fact that Tolkien's characters are so memorable and well-beloved is what truly lifts his work above so much that came before.

    Stuff that Makes Tolkien Look Like a Radical Progressive

  • It would have to be, for her profession was the stage, and she was well-beloved in the Australian theaters.

    Dear Carl

  • He was sort of a folk hero, anti-establishment, and died in poverty - but is almost as well-beloved as Piaf in France.


  • And at least I have not had much fun running my well-beloved copper alloy sewing needles through linen or silk instead of wool; they are just not suited to these.

    Steel Needles, Take Two

  • In China, the welfare and reputation of the family superseded those of its members, and, as one author put it, “the bigger and more powerful the Chinese family, the more its individual member was its well-beloved prisoner.”

    The Last Empress


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