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

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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 While Jennifer is busy in the '60s with a husband and lover, in the present day, Ellie grows closer to the newspaper archivist helping her dig through the library, played by Nabhaan Rizwan (1917). Ruth Kinane,, "Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley talk romantic Netflix drama The Last Letter From Your Lover," 5 Jan. 2021 There’s a lover who comes into the show as well, so that’s more romantic. Anne Cohen,, "Elle Fanning Was Born To Be An Outrageous, Messy Queen & The Great Is Proof," 5 Jan. 2021 In the summer of 1533 the pregnant Anne found out that Henry had taken a lover. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 In addition to this secular celebration of religious services, earlier books have offered guides on how to be a better teacher, music-, art- or animal lover; a better conservative and conservationist; and even a better wine drinker. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 Two days after 2021's first Mercury retrograde begins, on Monday, February 1, lover planet Venus also enters independent Aquarius. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde in 2021," 23 Dec. 2020 However, don’t behave in a way that could give a partner or lover a reason to become jealous. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 23, 2020: Libra, honor your commitments; Aquarius, touch base with bosses," 23 Dec. 2020 Trump’s unofficial election advisory council now includes a felon, adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory, a White House trade adviser and a Russian agent’s former lover. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump turns to fringe element in election fight," 22 Dec. 2020 Torres half-remembered one about a man in a dungeon whose lover is reincarnated as the moon. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Comedy of Julio Torres," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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