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

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 The meat lover pizza seems to be the crowd favorite, although the menu features nearly a dozen pizza varieties as well as a few salads. Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Salem’s new Fork Forty Food Hall has something for every palate: Gerry Frank’s picks," 27 Feb. 2021 In one scene, she’s being pummeled by a deceitful and financially abusive lover. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Opinion: We Lost Who Billie Holiday Might Have Been If She Wasn’t Busy Fighting Racism," 26 Feb. 2021 The only lover who treats her well is also an undercover F.B.I. agent. New York Times, "‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Singing for Her Life," 25 Feb. 2021 McClain, a massage therapist, musician and animal lover, was walking home from a convenience store with an iced tea when he was confronted by three Aurora Police officers who were responding to a call about a suspicious person wearing a ski mask. Eric Levenson And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Aurora set to release investigation into death of Elijah McClain," 22 Feb. 2021 Eternal lover-rivals on a Spring Break, hunting for the fountain of youth. Darren Franich,, "DuckTales is ending, so it's the time for you to start watching DuckTales," 19 Feb. 2021 Laurie Hertzel is not a pet expert, just a pet lover, chronicling the life of her reactive rescue dog, Angus. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "The Puppy Chronicles: A cold snap changed the length of Angus' walks – and intensified their beauty," 19 Feb. 2021 However, when night began to fall, my father, a lover of classical music, would return for my mother and his girl children dripping with sweat from jumping up all day. Elizabeth Nunez, Harper's BAZAAR, "As a Girl, I Wasn't Allowed to Jump Up at Carnival. Now, I Revel in Its Freedoms," 16 Feb. 2021 Segun Idowu is executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts and a lover of the people. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "The Black history I carry with me: Segun Idowu," 11 Feb. 2021

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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 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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