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 lovelorn (audio) \ noun

Examples of lovelorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bemoaning a lover who can't quite get on the same page as her, Danielle's voice is a mixture of determination and yearning, while Alana's bright, clean guitar riff backs her up with a lovelorn wail after each chorus. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Songs of 2020: Staff Picks," 15 Dec. 2020 The basics involve two adjoining rural Ireland farms and two lovelorn eligible natives. Michael Phillips,, "‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ review: Faith and begorrah, it’ll most likely bore ya," 9 Dec. 2020 As the town’s lovelorn mail carrier with an eye for Jeronicus, Lisa Davina Phillip delights with her nimble comic chops. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The magical musical ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ is a new holiday classic," 5 Nov. 2020 Perhaps that’s why the lovelorn missives in the collections at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans still have the power to draw modern crowds in droves. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Orleans Museum Spotlights World War II Soldiers’ Love Letters," 18 Feb. 2020 But as the industry dictates, doing one thing well enough to get popular is not enough to stay popular, so there are also songs on here that paint him as lovelorn and heartbroken. Sam Hockley-smith,, "DaBaby charts a new path forward on Blame it on Baby: Review," 20 Apr. 2020 Their charade is successful, and our lovelorn hero's deep feelings remain a secret until the bitter end. Ineye Komonibo,, "Netflix’s The Half Of It Puts A Gen-Z Spin On A Classic Play," 1 May 2020 Braitsch, a tech whiz and a board member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, cooked up a free online matchmaking service ( for lovelorn bicycles. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: SF’s Smuin Ballet brings dance lessons to your living room," 28 Apr. 2020 Anna Kendrick stars as the lovelorn Darby, a twenty-something living and working in New York City. Ineye Komonibo,, "How Many Bad Dates Can Anna Kendrick Stomach? The Limit Does Not Exist," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lovelorn

1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lovelorn was in 1637

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“Lovelorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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