lover

[luhv-er]
noun
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:
1175–1225; Middle English; see love, -er1

loverless, adjective
loverlike, adjective
nonlover, noun

louver, Louvre, lover.


4. devotee, enthusiast, fan.
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lover (ˈlʌvə)
 
n
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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lover
early 13c., from love (v.).
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Example sentences
For lovers of books and reading, and especially for those of us who become
  teachers, this fact can be painful and frustrating.
Lovers seek to create a place that they can inhabit together against the
  obstacles of the world.
It occurs when lovers have got married and begin the real task of learning to
  live together.
They have no qualms about using the personal lives of their family members,
  lovers, and friends in their work.
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