Definition of lover
- a lover of mystery novels
- a lover of nature
- Her husband found a love letter from her lover.
- He was her first lover.
His wife accused him of having a secret lover.
She left her husband and ran away with her lover.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lover.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: a partner in a romantic or sexual relationship
: someone with whom a married person is having a love affair
: a person who loves something
What made you want to look up lover? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?TAKE THE QUIZ
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.TAKE THE QUIZ