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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rhaenyra spends the trip back to King's Landing with her own secret lover, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), who isn't as comfortable with being a secret as Joffrey is. Randall Colburn,, 19 Sep. 2022 On this one, Mike Ryan is remorseful over a fizzled relationship, still emotionally connected, and ready to reignite the passion with a former lover at a moment’s notice. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2022 For the Gemini placements who are already in a committed relationship, this is a good time to break down barriers with your lover and explore new heights together. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2022 She is later killed by her sister Edith, and it is revealed that Margaret poisoned her husband with her lover. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2022 Don John arranges for Claudio to witness a pseudo-tryst on a balcony in which Hero appears to betray her betrothed with a lover on the night before their wedding. Don Aucoin,, 28 July 2022 Mel and Art’s son Michael, popping home from college for an impromptu visit, discovers his mother with her lover. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The motive, the state said, was the impending birth of his daughter with his secret lover, Sara Ganzer, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the crimes. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 11 May 2022 Australian actor Samara Weaving is front and centre in The Valet, portraying a world-famous movie star who gets embroiled in a PR disaster when a paparazzi captures a photo of her with her married lover. Alicia Vrajlal,, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lover

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

Definition of Lover

Samuel 1797–1868 Irish novelist

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