lovelorn

adjective
love·​lorn | \ˈləv-ˌlȯrn \

Definition of lovelorn 

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

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Other Words from lovelorn

lovelornness \ ˈləv-​ˌlȯrn-​nəs \ noun

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No matter who sings the lovelorn ballad, it's bound to leave few dry eyes. Abby Jones, Billboard, "CHVRCHES Offers Up Heartbreaking Rendition of Rihanna's 'Stay' for Spotify Singles: Listen," 13 June 2018 An update on the source material, the lovelorn Victoria brings a horrifying creation to life and puts her future at risk in the process. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Lifeline Theatre casts the world premiere of its gendered update on 'Frankenstein'," 9 July 2018 Actor John Cusack has made plenty of movies, before and since, but his performance as a lovelorn record store owner in director Stephen Frears’s sweet, funny film based on a Nick Hornby novel remains a fan favorite. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "A Championship Vinyl pop-up at the Boch Center, courtesy of John Cusack," 14 June 2018 Yet with spring coming earlier, female bees are now emerging sooner and luring the male bees away from the lovelorn orchid, according to a 2014 study from Britain. New York Times, "5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change," 4 Apr. 2018 The suave actor pulled at our heartstrings in Lady Bird and later swept us away, playing the lovelorn character Elio in Call Me by Your Name. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Merchandise Is a Real Thing," 14 May 2018 This is in part because of what the films are about, or not about — Rohmer’s lovelorn bourgeoisie do not engage in Godardian radical sloganeering. Christine Smallwood, New York Times, "The Strange, Enduring Appeal of Biarritz," 14 May 2018 Galás burrowed into the lovelorn lyrics and emoted with the exasperated cadences of someone being buried alive. James Reed, latimes.com, "Swoops, shrieks and croons: Diamanda Galás transfixes at Palace Theatre," 27 Apr. 2018 Yet with spring coming earlier, female bees are now emerging sooner and luring the male bees away from the lovelorn orchid, according to a 2014 study from Britain. New York Times, "5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lovelorn

1637, in the meaning defined above

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lovelorn

adjective

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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