beloved vs dear what difference

what is difference between beloved and dear



belove +‎ -ed.


Predicative adjective and past participle
  • (Received Pronunciation, General American, Canada) enPR: bĭ-lŭvd, IPA(key): /bɪˈlʌvd/
  • Rhymes: -ʌvd
  • Hyphenation: be‧loved
Attributive adjective and noun
  • (Received Pronunciation, General American, Canada) enPR: bĭ-lŭv′ĭd, IPA(key): /bɪˈlʌvɪd/
  • Rhymes: -ʌvɪd
  • Hyphenation: be‧lov‧ed


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.

Alternative forms

  • belovèd (poetry)
  • belov’d



  • (General American) IPA(key): /dɪɹ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪə/
  • (Scotland) IPA(key): /diːɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)
  • Homophones: deer, Deere

Etymology 1

From Middle English dere, from Old English dīere (of great value or excellence, expensive, beloved), from Proto-Germanic *diurijaz (dear, precious, expensive). Cognate with Scots dere, deir (of great value or worth, highly valued, precious, beloved), Saterland Frisian djuur (precious, dear, costly, expensive), Dutch duur (costly, precious), German teuer (costly, precious), Danish dyr (expensive), Swedish dyr (expensive), Norwegian dyr (expensive), Icelandic dýr (expensive).


dear (comparative dearer, superlative dearest)

  1. (generally dated) High in price; expensive.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice, Act IV Scene 1
      There’s more depends on this than on the value.
      The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,
      And find it out by proclamation:
      Only for this, I pray you, pardon me.
    • 1902, Briquettes as Fuel in Foreign Countries (report of the United States Bureau of Foreign Commerce):
      This water is sold for 50 cents per ton, which is not dear under the circumstances.
    • 1966, The Beatles, When I’m Sixty-Four
      Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear.
  2. Loved; lovable.
    • So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one’s dreams.
  3. Lovely; kind.
  4. Loving, affectionate, heartfelt
  5. Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
  6. A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc.
  7. A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.
  8. An ironic way to start (often after my) addressing an inferior.
  9. (obsolete) Noble.
Derived terms
Related terms
  • darling


dear (plural dears)

  1. A very kind, loving person.
    My cousin is such a dear, always drawing me pictures.
  2. A beloved person.
  3. An affectionate, familiar term of address, such as used between husband and wife.
    Pass me the salt, would you dear?
  • (kind loving person): darling
Derived terms
  • oh dear
  • the dear knows


dear (third-person singular simple present dears, present participle dearing, simple past and past participle deared)

  1. (obsolete) (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To endear.

Derived terms
  • bedear


dear (comparative more dear, superlative most dear)

  1. dearly; at a high price



  1. Indicating surprise, pity, or disapproval.
    Dear, dear! Whatever were they thinking?
See also
  • oh dear
  • dear me

Etymology 2

From Middle English dere (fierce, severe, hard, deadly), from Old English dēor, dȳr (brave, bold; severe, dire, vehement), from Proto-Germanic *deuzaz. Cognate with the above


dear (comparative more dear, superlative most dear)

  1. Severe, or severely affected; sore.
  2. (obsolete) Fierce.
  • The Middle English Dictionary


  • ‘eard, DARE, Dare, Rade, Read, Reda, ared, dare, rade, read



  • IPA(key): [dʲaɾˠ]


dear (present analytic dearann, future analytic dearfaidh, verbal noun dearadh, past participle deartha)

  1. To draw (design).



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