love·​lorn | \ ˈləv-ˌlȯrn How to pronounce lovelorn (audio) \

Definition of lovelorn

: bereft of love or of a lover letters from lovelorn soldiers

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lovelornness \ ˈləv-​ˌlȯrn-​nəs How to pronounce lovelornness (audio) \ noun

Examples of lovelorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Khalid, for all his lovelorn protestations, fully trusts the power of his imploring voice, which warms even his most brittle tracks. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?," 25 Dec. 2019 The look of the film itself is lovely, nearly every scene gorgeously composed and shot in soft painterly light, and the cast, from Dern’s delicately shaded Marmee to Chalamet’s lovelorn Laurie, uniformly great. Leah Greenblatt,, "Greta Gerwig's Little Women is a warm blanket in a cold world: Review," 25 Nov. 2019 For his lovelorn character, Mr. Yovanovitch constructed an apartment inside the gallery (parlor, dining room, boudoir and bedroom) and decorated the interiors as a way to debut his new furniture collection. New York Times, "A Panorama of Design," 20 Nov. 2019 But the disarmingly frank opus also revealed Che’s inner journey from a shy, lovelorn and self-absorbed middle-class student to a man who passionately sympathized with oppressed people all over Latin America. Lisette Poole, Smithsonian, "Roaring Through Cuba With Che Guevara’s Son," 24 Oct. 2019 The band's signature sound includes blaring horns and lovelorn lyrics. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Snoop Dogg says he is collaborating with regional Mexican group Banda MS," 9 Oct. 2019 Last year, researchers made Romeo a profile in an effort to draw attention to their search for a mate for the lovelorn frog. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last 14 Loa Water Frogs Had to Be Rescued From Their Natural Habitat," 31 Aug. 2019 DJ Plunkett quietly wallows in self-pity as lovelorn Munchkin Boq, well matched with the melancholy Amanda Fallon Smith as Elphaba’s sister in a wheelchair, Nessarose. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance," 16 Aug. 2019 But even at their most lovelorn, Future Teens don’t take themselves too seriously. Karen Muller,, "Boston’s Future Teens navigate romance in the age of texting and Tinder," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lovelorn

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Lovelorn.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lovelorn

: unhappy because of love : feeling love for someone who does not feel the same way

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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