lover

noun
lov·​er | \ ˈlə-vər \

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 \

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

Perfect for a fitness lover who travels a lot and isn't afraid of a little cardio. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Fitness Gifts You Can Order From Target to Still Arrive by Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 Kurt Beecher Dammeier, who founded the place in 2002, grew up a cheese lover. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 Moon, a pet lover, has also adopted a shelter dog named Tory, a mixed breed, to raise public awareness of the problem of animal abandonment. Fox News, "Striking images captured on 1st day of Korean summit talks," 18 Sep. 2018 And as a lover of classic rock, McNamara would doubtless have appreciated that his memorial service was book-ended by two of the genre’s most beautiful, and most hopeful, songs. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette's John McNamara eulogized as exemplary reporter who loved sports, community journalism," 10 July 2018 In 2018, lovers of drama need look no further than Argentina. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to know as the World Cup escalates," 25 June 2018 As a lover of dinner and breakfast parties, Linda worked with a seller in Oregon to create a taller and narrower version of their solid walnut dining table. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Inside the Vintage-Filled Chelsea Home of Etsy’s COO," 5 June 2018 Photo: Courtesy of Tulerie Besides the fast fashion fans, there are the luxury lovers. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Is the Future of the Sharing Economy Airbnbing Your Clothes?," 29 Nov. 2018 Paul and Jeanne are already lovers, but Paul is increasingly brutal, both psychologically and physically. Anna North, Vox, "The disturbing story behind the rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, explained," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of lover

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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