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lov·er

 (lŭv′ər)
n.
1.
a. One who loves another, especially one who is involved in a romantic or sexual relationship with another.
b. lovers A couple who are in love with each other.
2. One who is fond of or devoted to something: a lover of fine food.

lov′er·ly adv. & adj.

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.

lov•er

(ˈlʌv ər)

n.
1. a person who is in love with another.
2. a person who has a sexual or romantic relationship with another.
4. a devotee of something: a lover of music.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someonelover - a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
adorer, admirer - someone who admires a young woman; "she had many admirers"
beloved, dear, dearest, honey, love - a beloved person; used as terms of endearment
betrothed - the person to whom you are engaged
beau, boyfriend, swain, young man, fellow - a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman; "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"
darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favorite, favourite, pet - a special loved one
lady friend, girlfriend, girl - a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved; "his girlfriend kicked him out"
idoliser, idolizer - a lover blind with admiration and devotion
inamorata - a woman with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
inamorato - a man with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
kisser, osculator - someone who kisses
necker - a lover who necks
fondler, petter - a lover who gently fondles and caresses the loved one; "they are heavy petters"
Romeo - an ardent male lover
soul mate - someone for whom you have a deep affinity
squeeze - (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend; "she was his main squeeze"
steady, sweetheart, sweetie, truelove - a person loved by another person
2.lover - an ardent follower and admirerlover - an ardent follower and admirer  
followers, following - a group of followers or enthusiasts
aerophile - a lover of aviation
aficionado - a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
amorist - one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
bacchanal, bacchant - a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
groupie - an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)
metalhead - a fan of heavy metal music
3.lover - a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent - a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
paramour, fancy man - a woman's lover
man - a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman; "she takes good care of her man"
kept woman, mistress, fancy woman - an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man

lover

noun sweetheart, beloved, loved one, beau, flame (informal), mistress, admirer, suitor, swain (archaic), woman friend, lady friend, man friend, toy boy, paramour, leman (archaic), fancy bit (slang), boyfriend or girlfriend, fancy man or fancy woman (slang), fiancé or fiancée, inamorata or inamorato They became lovers soon after they first met.
Quotations
"All mankind love a lover" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Spiritual Laws]

lover

noun
1. A person's regular sexual partner:
2. One who ardently admires:
Informal: fan.
Translations
حَبيب، مَعْشوق، عَشيقعاشقعشيقمحبمُحِب، هاوٍ
milenecmilovník-ice-ka
elsker=-elsker
rakastaja
ljubavnik
kedvelõszerető
áhugamaîur, unnandi, vinurelskhugi, kærasti
恋人愛人
연인
milenec
ljubimeczaljubljenec
älskare
คู่รัก
aşıkdüşkünü kişiseversevgili
người yêu

lover

[ˈlʌvəʳ]
A. N
1. (sexually) → amante mf; (romantically) → enamorado/a m/f
the loverslos amantes
we were lovers for two yearsdurante dos años fuimos amantes
he became her loverse hizo su amante
so she took a loverasí que se echó un amante
2. (= fan) → aficionado/a m/f
music lover; lover of musicaficionado/a m/f a la música, amante mf de la música
cinema loverslos aficionados al cine, los amantes del cine
he is a great lover of the violines un gran aficionado al or amante del violín
B. CPD lover boy N (hum, iro) → macho m

lover

[ˈlʌvər] n
(= partner) → ami(e) m/f; (in extramarital relationship)amant m, maîtresse f
to be lovers → être amants
to become lovers → devenir amants
(= enthusiast) a lover of sth [+ books, sport, football] → un(e) amateur/trice m/f de qch
She is a lover of good food → Elle est amatrice de bonne cuisine.
She is a great lover of horses
BUT Elle aime beaucoup les chevaux.
She is a music lover
BUT Elle est mélomane.
a lover of art, an art lover → un(e) amateur/trice m/f d'art
nature lovers → les amoureux de la naturelove scene nscène f d'amour

lover

n
Liebhaber m, → Geliebte(r) m (old, liter), → Geliebte f; the loversdie Liebenden pl, → das Liebespaar; we were lovers for two yearswir waren zwei Jahre lang zusammen; Romeo and Juliet were loversRomeo und Julia liebten sich; so she took a loverda nahm sie sich (dat)einen Liebhaber
a lover of booksein(e) Bücherfreund(in) m(f), → ein(e) Liebhaber(in) m(f)von Büchern; a lover of good foodein(e) Freund(in) or Liebhaber(in) m(f)von gutem Essen; music-loverMusikliebhaber(in) m(f)or -freund(in) m(f); music-loverMusikliebhaber(in) m(f)or -freund(in) m(f); soccer loversFußballanhänger or -begeisterte pl

lover

[ˈlʌvəʳ] n
a. (sexually) → amante m/f; (romantically) → innamorato/a
b. lover (of) (enthusiast) → appassionato/a (di)
he's a lover of good food → è un buongustaio, è un amante della buona tavola

love

(lav) noun
1. a feeling of great fondness or enthusiasm for a person or thing. She has a great love of music; her love for her children.
2. strong attachment with sexual attraction. They are in love with one another.
3. a person or thing that is thought of with (great) fondness (used also as a term of affection). Ballet is the love of her life; Goodbye, love!
4. a score of nothing in tennis. The present score is fifteen love (written 15–0).
verb
1. to be (very) fond of. She loves her children dearly.
2. to take pleasure in. They both love dancing.
ˈlovable adjective
(negative unlovable) easy to love or like; attractive. a lovable child.
ˈlovely adjective
1. (negative unlovely) beautiful; attractive. She is a lovely girl; She looked lovely in that dress.
2. delightful. Someone told me a lovely joke last night, but I can't remember it; a lovely meal.
ˈloveliness noun
ˈlover noun
1. a person who enjoys or admires or has a special affection for something. an art-lover; He is a lover of sport; an animal-lover.
2. a person who is having a love affair with another.
ˈloving adjective
ˈlovingly adverb
love affair
a (temporary and often sexual) relationship between two people who are in love but not married.
ˈlove-letter noun
a letter expressing love.
ˈlovesick adjective
sad because of being in love. a lovesick youth; lovesick glances.
fall in love (with)
to develop feelings of love and sexual attraction (for). He fell in love with her straightaway.
for love or money
in any way at all. We couldn't get a taxi for love or money.
make love
to have sexual intercourse.
there's no love lost between them
they dislike one another.

lover

مُحِبُّ milenec elsker Liebhaber εραστής amante rakastaja amant ljubavnik amante 愛人 연인 minnaar elsker kochanek amante любовник älskare คู่รัก aşık người yêu 情人
References in classic literature ?
The feeling of furious anger with his wife, who would not observe the proprieties and keep to the one stipulation he had laid on her, not to receive her lover in her own home, gave him no peace.
I dare say that you remember, and therefore I need not remind you, that a lover, if lie is worthy of the name, ought to show his love, not to some one part of that which he loves, but to the whole.
But speaking of her, and, as the cat's light keeps me in a ruminating mood, suppose, instead of returning Mary to her lover by means of the letter, I had presented a certain clubman to her consideration?
Poet and sportsman, mystic and man of this world, a great polo player, and the passionate lover of one beautiful woman whose ill-starred fate inspired Po Chu-i, the tenderest of all their singers,** Ming Huang is more to literature than to history.
Beautiful Alice laughed and said it was forty years since he had been her Aunt Una's lover.
I carry my lovers about, two or three at a time, on condition that they are very obedient and devoted; and here is my oldest lover-in-chief, the head of all my slaves, throwing off his allegiance before company
Where my lover calls I go-- Shame it were to treat him coldly--
I have killed her lover, yes, killed my wife's lover.
As when two doves, or two wood-pigeons, or as when Strephon and Phyllis (for that comes nearest to the mark) are retired into some pleasant solitary grove, to enjoy the delightful conversation of Love, that bashful boy, who cannot speak in public, and is never a good companion to more than two at a time; here, while every object is serene, should hoarse thunder burst suddenly through the shattered clouds, and rumbling roll along the sky, the frightened maid starts from the mossy bank or verdant turf, the pale livery of death succeeds the red regimentals in which Love had before drest her cheeks, fear shakes her whole frame, and her lover scarce supports her trembling tottering limbs.
During the ensuing days, while the preparations were going forward for the escape of the merchant, the zeal of Felix was warmed by several letters that he received from this lovely girl, who found means to express her thoughts in the language of her lover by the aid of an old man, a servant of her father who understood French.
She said Aunt Polly had a lover years ago, and they quarrelled.
Mainwaring's jealousy it was totally his own invention, and his account of her attaching Miss Mainwaring's lover was scarcely better founded.