lov·​er | \ˈlə-vər \

Definition of lover 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a person in love especially : a man in love with a woman

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.


biographical name
Lov·​er | \ˈlə-vər \

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


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Examples of lover in a Sentence


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 are but two words that strike joy in the hearts of beauty lovers everywhere: free makeup. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Milk Makeup Announced an Instagram Giveaway," 30 Nov. 2018 Hulu Desiree Akhavan’s films are sharply thoughtful about the intersections of various forms of personal space — the ways that friends, lovers, family members, and coworkers all end up jumbled together in the modern world. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hulu’s queer comedy of manners explores sex and love in 2018 London.," 20 Nov. 2018 There are analyses of the master’s works in glass, his activities as a furniture designer and his often-tender photographs of friends and lovers. Ann Landi, WSJ, "What to Give: Books on Design," 15 Nov. 2018 Every year thousands of car lovers flock to Monterey, a small town located on a stretch of California’s most beautiful coastline, for a week of events centered around the most beautiful automobiles in the world. Tara Casey, Town & Country, "This Californian Car Show is the New It-Social Scene," 6 Sep. 2018 Over a spring weekend, thousands of plant lovers (in Rachel Comey denim and rare Birkenstocks) gathered in Bushwick to buy exotic cacti, learn to cultivate mushrooms, and sip natural wine. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Five ecoartists relandscape our concrete jungle.," 27 June 2018 Given that he was raised by a long line of dog lovers, including a grandmother who constantly surrounded herself with a suite of shepherds, his profession is no surprise. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "It’s Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglers," 22 June 2018 For the plant lover: Those without (or with inadequate) window sills will appreciate this three-pronged item. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "11 Colorful Home Gift Ideas for the Design Lover Who Has Everything," 16 Nov. 2018 The lifelong animal lover decided to carve out time from her busy schedule to learn a new craft. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "9 things you didn't know about Miranda Lambert," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lover


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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