Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who loves another, especially one who feels sexual love.
  • n. A couple in love with each other.
  • n. A paramour.
  • n. A sexual partner.
  • n. One who is fond of or devoted to something: a lover of fine food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who deeply and strongly loves and cares for another person in a romantic way, a sweetheart, love, soul-mate, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
  • n. A sexual partner.
  • n. A person who truly and deeply loves something; connoisseur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who loves; one who is in love; -- usually limited, in the singular, to a person of the male sex.
  • n. A friend; one strongly attached to another; one who greatly desires the welfare of any person or thing.
  • n. One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music.
  • n. One who is involved in a sexual relationship with another
  • n. See louver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete comparative of lief.
  • n. One who loves; one who has a feeling of love or earnest liking for any person or thing; a zealous admirer: as, a lover of good men or of Christianity; a lover of books or of science; a lover of wine.
  • n. Specifically, one who is enamored; a person in love: now used in the singular almost exclusively of the man, though formerly also of the woman, while the plural is still commonly used of both: as, a lover and his sweetheart; a pair of lovers.
  • n. An obsolete form of louver.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
  • n. a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
  • n. an ardent follower and admirer

Etymologies

From Middle English lover, lovyere, derivative of loven, lovien ("to love"), equivalent to love +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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