- a person who is in love with another.
- a person who has a sexual or romantic relationship with another.
- a person with whom one conducts an extramarital sexual affair.
- a person who has a strong enjoyment or liking for something, as specified: a lover of music.
- a person who loves, especially a person who has or shows a warm and general affectionate regard for others: a lover of mankind.
Origin of lover
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- Samuel,1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter.
Examples from the Web for lover
But there are a lot of women who go to these places and once they go to the inside, they find a lover.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
This is a love quite distinct from that of a lover, with whom we fall in love, in part, because they are free and have a choice.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
The long-nosed, self-described “little New York lover of photography” has embraced the impact his pictures can make.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
Beacci, who had inherited nothing from her lover, had assumed his son would make provisions for her in his will.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
November 10, 2014
How about the man who created her—a lover of women who lived with a wife, his lover, their children, and a wayward librarian?Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Her lover played upon his flute, while she leaned against a tree and listened.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He was older than I, experienced with women—a lover of women, I came to understand in time.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
If it be possible for so universal a lover to be confined so long to one object?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Calvert, my friend, is a lover as well as a painter of nature.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The lover wrestled with Providence for his foreshadowed bliss.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- a person, now esp a man, who has an extramarital or premarital sexual relationship with another person
- (often plural) either of the two people involved in a love affair
- someone who loves a specified person or thinga lover of music
- (in combination)a music-lover; a cat-lover
Word Origin and History for lover
early 13c., agent noun from love (v.). Old English had lufend for male lovers, lufestre for women. Meaning "one who has a predilection for" (a thing, concept, pursuit, etc.) is mid-14c. As a form of address to a lover, from 1911. Related: Loverly.