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.

1175–1225; Middle English; see love, -er1

loverless, adjective
loverlike, adjective
nonlover, noun

louver, Louvre, lover.

4. devotee, enthusiast, fan. Unabridged


Samuel, 1797–1868, Irish novelist, painter, and songwriter. Unabridged
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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
3.  a.  someone who loves a specified person or thing: a lover of music
 b.  (in combination): a music-lover; a cat-lover

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from love (v.).
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Example sentences for lover
My secret agent lover man declares that he will not have a baby.
They believe that my secret agent lover man will love the baby once he sees it.
My secret agent lover man is furious when he finds out what she did and he
  leaves her.
While he is pursuing her lover, she puts another woman in bed in her place.
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