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.


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


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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

South-of-the-border food lovers wouldn’t have flan, pescado Vera Cruz or chiles en nogado without the French. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 Beer lovers can sample hundreds of beers, meads and ciders brewed by more than 100 Hoosier breweries while enjoying local food vendors, merchandise vendors, games and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Enjoy beer? Indiana Microbrewers Festival to host 100-plus Hoosier breweries," 19 July 2019 Barnett, who had been King’s lover for seven years, claimed that King had promised to support her for life, and was demanding compensation. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Martina Navratilova on Megan Rapinoe and the Trajectory of Gay Women in Sports," 13 July 2019 Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents Deep Ellum and part of downtown, said he's received feedback from both scooter lovers and haters. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas could add more limits on scooter rides to address safety risks," 13 July 2019 She and her husband of 16 years, Russell Kahn, a professional photographer, enjoyed travel and were pet lovers. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Brenda L. Kahn, educator and academic coach, dies," 1 July 2019 Kilgrave can manipulate Jessica’s friends and lovers, her neighbors, the police, even random bystanders in the streets. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Since season 1, Jessica Jones has struggled to mix horror with superheroes," 18 June 2019 The story follows a home on Barbary Lane in San Francisco, which is full of friends and lovers of all stripes. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Netflix Original Shows of 2019 — So Far," 13 June 2019 Our friends and lovers would join us; dust from the floorboards would rise up under the DIY bicycle wheel chandelier. Aimée Lutkin, Curbed, "Losing a home you’ve already left," 6 June 2019

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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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