lovelorn

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

Definition of lovelorn

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

Other Words from lovelorn

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

Examples of lovelorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This delightful cult-classic rom-com is a perfect pick for anyone who wants a gentle, lovelorn Halloween. Lauren Puckett-pope, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 The English actress, 23, first broke onto the scene in 2020 as the lovelorn and damaged Marianne in the broody TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 10 May 2022 A few days later, on the fifth, lovelorn Venus swims into tender Pisces and heightens our romantic hearts. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 3 Apr. 2022 A few days later, on the fifth, lovelorn Venus swims into tender Pisces and heightens our romantic hearts. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 3 Apr. 2022 The single finds frontman Chris Carraba reflecting on the changes, both good and bad, that come with growing older — a stark change from the lovelorn, despondent indie rock ballads that defined Carraba’s early career. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2022 The album rises and crashes with Syd’s emotions; its lilting, lovelorn alt-blues trace the arc of a tryst gone sour. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 A few days later, on the fifth, lovelorn Venus swims into tender Pisces and heightens our romantic hearts. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 3 Apr. 2022 Take the task entrusted to Newt’s lovelorn assistant, Bunty Broadacre (Victoria Yeates), who commissions half a dozen identical copies of her boss’ leather case, so as to disguise which one contains the qilin during the climactic scene. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lovelorn

1637, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Lovelorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovelorn. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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