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

But don't worry, Instant Pot lovers: Ree did come around at long last. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Pioneer Woman Instant Pots Are Majorly on Sale Right Now," 28 Apr. 2019 The film paints Mary as a sparkling — if a tad naive — young woman who must find her way in a world of men (relatives, lovers, angry and misogynist church reformers) determined to steal and manipulate her power. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 Calling all cat lovers: Sacramento’s animal shelter says it’s overflowing with kittens and needs volunteers to help house the critters for a few weeks. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "Sacramento shelter declares ‘kitty crisis,’ seeks volunteers for foster care," 12 July 2018 Old fireplace lovers, rejoice: A handful of brick fireplaces help the home retain its antique origins. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Restored 1756 Martha’s Vineyard farmhouse asks $2.25M," 10 July 2018 The investigation led quickly to his on-again, off-again lover, Arias, who was arrested at her grandparents' house in northern California. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Jodi Arias can't file murder appeal in secrecy, Arizona Court of Appeals rules," 3 July 2018 Pickle lovers either love or hate Sonic's new Pickle Juice Slush, which is now available nationwide along with three other summer flavors, Tiger's Blood, Blue Hawaiian and Bahama Mama. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Restaurants compete to have this summer's coolest and wackiest drinks," 26 June 2018 But the festival, whose 2019 edition opens April 24, has since grown into a global event for filmmakers, movie lovers and all who want to celebrate the art of storytelling in cinematic and other forms. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Tribeca Film Festival Touts Red Carpet Treatment for VIP Pass Holders," 13 Apr. 2019 Blue Bloods has been featuring familiar faces all season long—some have been former lovers, and others have been fierce enemies. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals a Friend of Frank Reagan Is Returning and Fans Are Panicking," 15 Mar. 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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