[ luhv-er ]
/ ˈlʌv ər /
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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 humankind.



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Origin of lover

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at love, -er1
lov·er·less, adjectivelov·er·like, adjectivenon·lov·er, noun
louver, Louvre, lover

Definition for lover (2 of 2)

[ luhv-er ]
/ ˈlʌv ər /


Samuel, 1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter.
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British Dictionary definitions for lover

/ (ˈlʌvə) /


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
  1. someone who loves a specified person or thinga lover of music
  2. (in combination)a music-lover; a cat-lover
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