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

For a movie lover, though, there is no place and nothing else like it. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Milos Stehlik, longtime force and eloquent voice in Chicago and international film, dies at 70," 7 July 2019 The possibility of being seen as a mayonnaise lover is too awful to bear. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 In 1925, Charlie Chaplin bought his mother a house in downtown Encinitas, and 1927 marked the opening of the La Paloma movie theater, still a film-lover’s paradise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas: Sand, sun, self-realization and Surfin’ U.S.A.," 28 June 2019 The closet has magnetic doors, so there aren't any handles in sight, just a sleek wall that opens into a shoe lover's ultimate fantasy. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Home Has a Hidden Hermès Orange Closet That Can Store 87 Pairs of Shoes," 28 June 2019 Everyone knows ugliness is in the eye of the beholder and, to a dog lover, there is no such thing as an uncomely canine. John Rogers, Twin Cities, "Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest," 24 June 2019 And investigators made another discovery: Barbara was leading a double life and had two children with a previous lover. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 The Take5 bar, made of chocolate, caramel, peanuts, pretzels and peanut butter, is basically a candy-lover's dream. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Hershey's is giving its best candy bar a makeover," 19 June 2019 Marshall Weston describes the Maryland Foodie Fest as a food lover’s dream. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Inaugural Maryland Foodie Fest to feature everything from crab cakes to cook-offs," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of lover

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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