lov·​er | \ ˈlə-vər How to pronounce lover (audio) \

Definition of lover

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.

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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.
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First Known Use of lover

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Lover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Lover biographical name

Lov·​er | \ ˈlə-vər How to pronounce Lover (audio) \

Definition of Lover

Samuel 1797–1868 Irish novelist

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