Question

What is the difference between "loved" and "beloved"?

What is the difference between "loved" and "beloved"?

Answer

Here's what dictionary.com says:

loved: adjective

held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.

'beloved'

adjective

1. greatly loved; dear to the heart.

–noun

2. a person who is greatly loved.

He writes long letters to his beloved.

AND

'Beloved' is used as both an adjective ('strongly or dearly loved') and a noun ('that which is loved').

As an adjective: I cried for a week when my beloved German Shepherd passed away.

As a noun: John took his beloved on a cruise to celebrate their honeymoon.

Jun 13 at 20:36

loved

held in deep affection; cherished

http://dictionary.infoplease.com/loved

beloved

a beloved friend, object, etc. is one that you love very much. This word is sometimes used humorously to say that someone likes something too much

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dicti…

someone that you love and who you have a romantic relationship with

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictiona…

Jun 14 at 0:22

loved is an adjective. Which pair of shoes do you want to wear? the loved ones.

beloved is a noun - the object of my affections. YOU are my beloved.

Jun 14 at 4:31

"be"

Other than that, it's mostly semantics.

Jun 14 at 9:3