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 trying to run away with her lover Sissy (Marin Ireland), Vanya ran afoul of Texas police. Christian Holub,, "The Umbrella Academy stars break down emotional season 2 climax at FBI building," 1 Aug. 2020 Elijah McClain also played the violin and guitar and was an animal lover. Amir Vera, CNN, "Elijah McClain was a massage therapist who 'wanted to heal' others, his mother says," 30 June 2020 Durbin sketches the relationship between Guibert and his lover Thierry Jouno, who had two children with a woman named Christine. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 23 June 2020 Preston joins a crack supporting cast — don't miss Burt Reynold's flawless turn as an oily Evangelist — as the lover of a Baby Savers activist (Swoosie Kurt) who is, in fact, a pro-choice lesbian planted to spy on the movement. Leah Greenblatt,, "Appreciating Kelly Preston: Five of the late actress's best screen roles," 13 July 2020 Each January, Florida’s Highway 30A transforms into a music-lover’s Eden when hundreds of artists come to play intimate venues steps from the Gulf’s flour-soft sand. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "10 Best Beach Festivals on Florida's Gulf Coast," 12 July 2020 Andrew Sean Greer’s Less, a Pulitzer-winning novel about an aging writer who is jilted by a younger lover—and who travels the world with one shiny blue suit. National Geographic, "Is it safe to cross the country in an RV?," 23 June 2020 As any Spanish tapas lover knows, anchovies are a staple that make for excellent snacks on their own, with a bit of olive oil and vinegar, or skewered with peppers and olives. Dan Q. Dao, Saveur, "10 Essential Spanish Ingredients for Your Modern Spanish Pantry," 5 Dec. 2016 The assistant, Acosta, is not a lover, the two insist. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "5 things you didn’t know about TV psychic (and Netflix documentary subject) Walter Mercado," 9 July 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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“Lover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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