[ luhv-er ]
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  1. a person who is in love with another.

  2. a person who has a sexual or romantic relationship with another.

  1. a person with whom one conducts an extramarital sexual affair.

  2. a person who has a strong enjoyment or liking for something, as specified: a lover of music.

  3. a person who loves, especially a person who has or shows a warm and general affectionate regard for others: a lover of humankind.

Origin of lover

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English; love + -er1

Other words for lover

Other words from lover

  • lov·er·less, adjective
  • lov·er·like, adjective
  • non·lov·er, noun

Words that may be confused with lover

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[ luhv-er ]

  1. Samuel, 1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lover in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lover


/ (ˈlʌvə) /

  1. a person, now esp a man, who has an extramarital or premarital sexual relationship with another person

  2. (often plural) either of the two people involved in a love affair

    • someone who loves a specified person or thing: a lover of music

    • (in combination): a music-lover; a cat-lover

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