lover

[ luhv-er ]
/ ˈlʌv ər /

noun

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

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at love, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM lover

lov·er·less, adjectivelov·er·like, adjectivenon·lov·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lover

louver Louvre lover

Definition for lover (2 of 2)

Lover
[ luhv-er ]
/ ˈlʌv ər /

noun

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

lover
/ (ˈlʌvə) /

noun

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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