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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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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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