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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.
  3. a person with whom one conducts an extramarital sexual affair.
  4. a person who has a strong enjoyment or liking for something, as specified: a lover of music.
  5. a person who loves, especially a person who has or shows a warm and general affectionate regard for others: a lover of mankind.
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Origin of lover

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

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  1. Samuel,1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter.
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Related Words for lover

sweetheart, companion, suitor, admirer, girlfriend, boyfriend, solicitor, escort, paramour, beau, steady, petitioner, Romeo, truelove, flame, beloved, swain, dear, inamorata, darling

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Contemporary Examples of lover

Historical Examples of lover

  • Her lover played upon his flute, while she leaned against a tree and listened.


    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)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Calvert, my friend, is a lover as well as a painter of nature.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • And have you not before now said, that nothing is so penetrating as the eye of a lover who has vanity?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for lover


  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
    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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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.

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