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[luhv-er] /ˈlʌv ər/
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
1175-1225; Middle English; see love, -er1
Related forms
loverless, adjective
loverlike, adjective
nonlover, noun
Can be confused
louver, Louvre, lover.
4. devotee, enthusiast, fan. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lovers
  • 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.
  • Even after they became lovers, though, the two were never monogamous.
  • Oyster lovers got good news from a scientific study last year.
  • Fortunately for nature lovers, though, nearly all the sound is lost when the noises cross from water to air.
  • Her enigmatic smile has seduced millions of art lovers.
  • Great gifts for birders and nature lovers, as they keep springtime sounds close at hand year-round.
  • When two lovers decide to merge their lives, a shiny ring often comes into the picture.
British Dictionary definitions for lovers


a person, now esp a man, who has an extramarital or premarital sexual relationship with another person
(often pl) either of the two people involved in a love affair
  1. someone who loves a specified person or thing: a lover of music
  2. (in combination): a music-lover, a cat-lover
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Word Origin and History for lovers



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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