lover
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈlʌvɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈlʌvə/
Noun

lover (plural lovers)

  1. One who loves and cares for another person in a romantic way; a sweetheart, love, soulmate, boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vi]:
      Love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit.
  2. A sexual partner, especially one with whom someone is having an affair.
    • 2018 January 17, "Libra Woman: Personality Traits: Love & More", Astrology.com
      A Libra woman seems to always be in love - either with her long term partner or with an ever-changing series of rotating lovers.
  3. A person who loves something.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18,
      But tho' a conscientious disciplinarian, he was no lover of authority for mere authority's sake.
    a lover of fine wines
    a lover of his/her own country
  4. (West Country, with "my") An informal term of address for any friend.
    All right, me lover?
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lover (plural lovers)

  1. Obsolete form of louver#English|louver.



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