lover

noun
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.

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

nonfan

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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

PoGo is just a small piece of the Pokémon enthusiasm that still burns as bright as a dragon’s fiery breath and has the magnetic power to bond strangers, neighbors, friends, even lovers. Washington Post, "Yes, people are still obsessed with Pokémon — and this is their Super Bowl," 19 Aug. 2019 These days, Nelson Tasman offers a bona fide bonanza of first-rate activities and destinations for nature-lovers, oenophiles, gourmets, and aesthetes alike. Fortune, "New Zealand’s Hottest Destination Is One You’ve Likely Never Heard Of," 18 Aug. 2019 Enjoy intimate moments with friends and lovers tonight. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 14, 2019: Happy birthday Steve Martin; Capricorn, restrictions ease," 14 Aug. 2019 Vegan soy bratwurst has become a popular choice in Germany, allowing meat-lovers to cut meat from their diets without necessarily changing them too much. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "They might be better for the planet, but are plant-based burgers good for you?," 9 Aug. 2019 Attention nature-lovers, the @smithsonian needs your help in a #CitizenScience project! Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scientists Need Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Help," 6 Aug. 2019 This is a one-of-a-kind absolute nature-lover’s delight. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Magnificent Saratoga property in an idyllic setting perfect for nature lovers," 5 Aug. 2019 When all is said and done, though, the true GoT-lovers have remained loyal, as has the show’s cast. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams on "Game of Thrones" Ending and Where Arya Stark Is Today," 20 July 2019 For discerning food-lovers in search of the good stuff, Sachs’ imprimatur goes a long way. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "With S.A.L.T., Silversea Is Completely Rewriting How Cruises Do Food," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of lover

Noun

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

noun

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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