Definition of lover noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlʌvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlʌvər//
    Separation, Romance
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  1. 1  a partner in a sexual relationship outside marriage He denied that he was her lover. We were lovers for several years. The park was full of young lovers holding hands. See related entries: Separation, Romance
  2. 2  (often in compounds) a person who likes or enjoys a particular thing a lover of music an art-lover a nature-lover
  3. Extra examples It was common for upper-class women to take lovers. She was shot by her jilted lover. They became lovers when her husband first went abroad. They became lovers when they worked in the same office. They’re colleagues as well as being long-time lovers. He suspected his wife of having a lover. He was a devoted animal lover, and had a large number of pets at home. She was a great lover of the arts, and of Greek architecture in particular. an art-lover/​a nature-lover
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