lov·​er | \ ˈlə-vər How to pronounce lover (audio) \

Definition of lover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a person in love
b lovers plural : two persons in love with each other
2 : an affectionate or benevolent friend
3 : devotee a lover of mystery novels a lover of nature
4a : paramour Her husband found a love letter from her lover.
b : a person with whom one has sexual relations He was her first lover.


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Lov·​er | \ ˈlə-vər How to pronounce Lover (audio) \

Definition of Lover (Entry 2 of 2)

Samuel 1797–1868 Irish novelist

Synonyms & Antonyms for lover

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of lover in a Sentence

Noun His wife accused him of having a secret lover. She left her husband and ran away with her lover.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Always an art lover, Armstrong eventually studied fine art at the University of Kentucky but struggled to find his creative outlet. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2022 Howard, a lover of music and writing who frequently quoted favorite songs and story sentences, worked as assistant foreign editor before becoming editor of Column One, the newspaper’s front-page narrative showcase. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 With 67 screens and wings, this is a sports lover's paradise. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2022 Spanning 1,718 acres, the Mokio Preserve is a nature lover's paradise. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 28 Dec. 2021 Longtime friend and former lover James Taylor also spread the rumor that Mitchell will soon come out with new music. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 White, a big animal lover, would take breaks to go greet her two and four-legged fans. Rodney Ho, ajc, 31 Dec. 2021 The flirtatious vibe that Captain Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) extends to onetime lover Morpheus, his barrel chest all exposed in his sleeveless vest. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 Or, give the gift of a new coffee cup to the biggest caffeine-lover in your life. Claire Harmeyer,, 22 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of lover


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of lover was in the 13th century

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“Lover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of lover

: a partner in a romantic or sexual relationship
: someone with whom a married person is having a love affair
: a person who loves something

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