Meaning of “lover” in the English Dictionary

"lover" in British English

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lovernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlʌv.ər/ us /ˈlʌv.ɚ/

B1 the person you are having a sexual relationship with, but are not married to:

They were friends before they became lovers.
She had a string of lovers before her marriage finally broke up.

B1 someone with a strong liking for something:

an opera lover
nature lovers

More examples

  • It's the story of a woman who plots a dastardly revenge on her unfaithful lover.
  • He's had a tattoo with the name of a former lover removed, to avoid hurting the feelings of his current inamorata.
  • Ellis plays the part of the young lover spurned by his mistress.
  • He said that he was America's greatest lover, although I suspect it was tongue in cheek.
  • Miss Snowden yesterday launched a vituperative attack on her ex-boss and former lover.

(Definition of “lover” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lover" in American English

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lovernoun [ C ]

us /ˈlʌv·ər/

lover noun [ C ] (SOMEONE LIKED)

lover noun [ C ] (PERSON WHO LIKES SOMETHING)

a person who likes or enjoys a particular thing:

The remote island is ideal for nature lovers.

(Definition of “lover” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)