lover

noun
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.

Lover

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

Definition of Lover (Entry 2 of 2)

Samuel 1797–1868 Irish novelist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lover

Synonyms: Noun

addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker

Antonyms: Noun

nonfan

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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

There’s his starlet daughter, Ramsey, the sometime lover of Josephine Baker, and his son Montgomery, a World War I hero who steps into the mud pit of Deep South politics. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Cole and Lili met on the set of Riverdale and real life quickly seemed to imitate art when the actors, who play lovers Betty and Jughead, started dating in real life. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 One of the last scenes of the film shows former lovers, now zombies, pacing back and forth past each other, obliviously emotionless as their dead hands brush against each other. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 Many a makeup lover (and plenty of our beauty editors, as well) have debated the aforementioned complexion question. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Should You Apply Concealer or Foundation First? Here’s What Makeup Artists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 The Dolomites are the ultimate playground for lovers of the outdoors and adventure. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 For lovers of big cats, Dynasties features a den of lions that roam Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, as well as tigers in the jungles of India’s Bandhavgarh National Park. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "BBC Earth's "Dynasties" Pulls at Heartstrings With the Painted Wolves’ Fight for Survival," 12 Dec. 2018 But for lovers of Hollywood Golden Age classics, foreign movie buffs, teachers and students of film studies — and viewers who want to watch movies that expand their mind and worldview — nothing compares to FilmStruck. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "RIP FilmStruck, one of classic cinema’s last refuges in the streaming era," 26 Oct. 2018 In 2014, Jabari Johnson, CEO of COLORS Worldwide Inc., founded R&B ONLY, a music event that catered to playing music for lovers of the genre. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "How 'R&B ONLY' Events Bring the Culture to a 'Whole Other Space'," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of lover

Noun

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

noun

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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