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

On this day, lovers, neighbors, children, and friends gather around a BBQ, cold beers sweating in hand, to stare into piles of pork belly, strip steak, burger patties, and row after row of red hot dogs. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Sounds like awesome news for us music lovers, right? John Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor, "How streaming is saving the music business," 3 July 2018 During Sinatra at 102, listen to and view some of his most entertaining, powerful, and significant performances in song and film, with a peek behind the scenes at his wives, lovers, friends, and politics. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 2 July 2018 The incident drew national attention among horse lovers, when it was reported the dead mare's stallion stood over the body all night, even after it was covered with a tarp. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "New threat emerges for NC's famous wild horses, prompting campaign aimed at tourists," 2 July 2018 Floridians – and orange juice lovers everywhere - can thank Christopher Columbus for bringing the first citrus to the New World. Cassie Armstrong,, "Orange Blossom Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 27 June 2018 One needed to be big enough to hold all that black womanhood was supposed to be; lover, cook, therapist, mama, freak, co-conspirator, messiah, savior, martyr, while never getting too big. Sonya Renee Taylor, SELF, "The House Next Door," 26 June 2018 Dating or being with someone who treats you well Your partner needs to be all of these things: a supporter, a rock, a best friend, and an adoring lover. Jackie Pilossoph,, "15 material and nonmaterial self-confidence boosters," 20 June 2018 The pending divorce gives Baldwin the opportunity to reprise his guest-starring role as her lover, Malcolm Widmark. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Megan Mullally Disappointed in 'Will and Grace' Comedy Series Snub," 12 July 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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