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.

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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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