Definition of lover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈləvər/


1A person having a sexual or romantic relationship with someone, often outside marriage.
Example sentences
  • The two of them quickly pair off and start swapping sexual secrets and tales of past lovers.
  • It is not at all clear what motivated her in her relations with her lovers.
  • She is my lover, my mistress, and she has betrayed me in the worst possible way.
boyfriend, girlfriend, beloved, love, darling, sweetheart, inamorata, inamorato;
mistress, paramour;
partner, significant other
informal (main) squeeze, bit on the side, toy boy, boy toy, boo
literary swain
dated ladylove, beau
archaic concubine
1.1A person who likes or enjoys something specified: he was a great lover of cats music lovers
More example sentences
  • He was a great lover of music, animals, and country life and enjoyed tennis and golf.
  • From the start the festival has proved a popular draw with jazz lovers by offering good music, mostly for free.
  • I think the easiest way to sum it up would be, I'm a lover of acoustic music, I always have been.
devotee, admirer, fan, enthusiast, aficionado
informal buff, freak, nut, junkie



Example sentences
  • His affection is, however, gained by one of the dogs in the kennels: Katy, an abandoned bulldog with whom he senses an obscure empathy (related, no doubt, to his feeling of affinity with the widowed and loverless Teresa).
  • True, the therapist who advised one loverless friend of mine to buy a new ‘feminine’ wardrobe and a makeup kit did find herself quickly minus one patient.
  • ‘A Love Story’ is for the loveless, loverless, lovelorn and the love-struck.

Words that rhyme with lover

cover, Glover, hardcover, plover, undercover

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Syllabification: lov·er

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