• Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily
    Isolde, seated on a sham rock, awaiting the coming of her lover. Alas! all ends unharpily
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lover a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
    • n lover a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
    • n lover an ardent follower and admirer
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro's blessing
Two young lovers Two young lovers
Calling out to the lovers Calling out to the lovers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
    • Lover A friend; one strongly attached to another; one who greatly desires the welfare of any person or thing; as, a lover of his country. "I slew my best lover for the good of Rome."
    • Lover One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music. "A lover of knowledge."
    • Lover One who is involved in a sexual relationship with another; as, she took a lover.
    • Lover One who loves; one who is in love; -- usually limited, in the singular, to a person of the male sex. "Love is blind, and lovers can not see
      The pretty follies that themselves commit."
    • n Lover See Louver.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lovers in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, should avoid satisfying their lustful urges in a parked car. If the horn accidentally sounds while they are frolicking behind the wheel, the couple can face a jail term.
    • n lover 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 lover 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 lover An obsolete form of louver.
    • lover An obsolete comparative of lief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
    • Lover one who loves, esp. one in love with person of the opposite sex, in the singular almost exclusively of the man: one who is fond of anything:
    • Lover an obsolete form of louvre.
    • Lover (B.) a friend
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  • Robert Frost
    “I had a lovers quarrel with the world.”
  • Dylan Thomas
    Dylan Thomas
    “Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.”
  • Lord Byron
    “A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “All mankind loves a lover.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Lovers are fools, but Nature makes them so.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lufu, love; Ger. liebe; cf. L. libet, lubet.


In literature:

He was a strong healthy man, but had about him, to the outward eye, none of the aptitudes of a lover.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Laura leaves her lover at the station, and is not a whit disconcerted by the change in affairs.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I like the reply of the Irish maid, when reminded of the extreme poverty of herself and her lover.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
She has found means to penetrate into his tomb, resolved to die with her lover.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
She believed herself secure in her lover's unfaltering devotion.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Was she to lose her lover for ever because she did not forgive him!
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The grated door swung on its heavy hinges, and the wife and mother lay sobbing in the arms of the lover of her youth.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
With the lover it was different.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Do you think I can change lovers as often as gloves, sir?
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
O mighty Lover, guard me!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Lot falls to the girl to be slain, her lover takes her place.
"A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs" by Hubert G. Shearin
When a courtesan abandons her present lover after all his wealth is exhausted, she may then consider about her re-union with a former lover.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
But perhaps this give-and-take of lovers may seem attractive to some.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
His wealth and his name were the prizes which made her traitor to lover and husband.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
At the sight of the lover awaiting her, Dora's placid demeanor departed.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
This inherent value continues to be an element of appreciation in lovers's gifts throughout life.
"A Preliminary Study of the Emotion of Love between the Sexes" by Sanford Bell
But, with the optimism of youth, the lovers hoped for happiness.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Oh, you want to talk to the man that you fancy is in love with you; but lovers can wait, and business can't.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
And it is probable that her forbidding would have had as much effect upon that pair of lovers as the sighing of the southwind.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
There should be no questionable chaff or talking at the possible lovers.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux

In poetry:

You would show me my pathway–
But what shall I do,
Wisest and kindest?
My lover is you!
"Lost Counsel" by Margaret Widdemer
And many a month had pass'd away,
And many a rolling year,
But nothing the maid from Palestine
Could of her lover hear.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Greensleeves, now farewell! adieu!
God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.
"Greensleeves" by Anonymous British
The lover he turned baith red and pale,
Went doon upon his knee:
"O Ladye, hear the waesome tale
That must be told to thee!
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
And wow but they were lovers dear,
And lov'd full constantlie;
But aye the mair when they fell out,
The sairer was their plea.
"Young Benjie" by Andrew Lang
And ah! she came;--his treacherous arms
The trembling maid receive;
How soon do they in lover's charms
A lover's truth believe!
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Cat lovers, we have a little.
Ledare's 2002 Mother and Catch 22 (the nickname of one of Tina's lovers).
With the construction of the greenhouse, the school district has invested in the green industry and cultivated new customers by tapping into a younger generation of potential garden lovers.
Wednesday's Wine Lover's Night just got better at Amuse Wine Bar, located inside the Honolulu Design Center.
Animated whimsy 'My Dog Tulip' is a film custom-made for dog lovers.
There's some more good news for dark chocolate lovers.
A recent San Diego State University study is giving chocolate lovers something to rejoice about.
There is more good news for chocolate lovers.
There's more good news for chocolate lovers.
Book lovers turn out to help Mystic shop.
Solar power lovers of the world, unite.
For thousands of students, parents and lovers of marching bands, the music at Saturday's Youth in Music state championship at the Metrodome will be more than just soul-stirring.
The question for caviar lovers is, was it worth the wait.
' 1986?s 'Turbo Lover,' however, is a different kettle of stew.
Most dog lovers will insist a canine friend makes for a happier home.

In science:

Compression of Ni2MnGa alloy samples by approximately 5 %, at a temperature lover that the Mf one results in formation of close to one variant martensite structure in which c-axis coincides with compression direction.
Large Magnetic-Field-Induced Strains in Ni-Mn-Ga Alloys due to Redistribution of Martensite Variants
For everyone else: the emotion a mathematician experiences when he encounters (or discovers) something similar is close to what the art lover feels when he first looks at Michelangelo’s Creation in the Sistine Chapel.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
This is particularly true in social reality, where each system has its finite lifetime; from months for a couple of lovers to centuries for an empire.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
Once I went out to dinner in Harvard Square with some puzzle lovers.
Odd One Out
Inflationary models based on the use of scalar fields, have an accelerated stage, usually called slow rol lover, in which the Hubble parameter is almost frozen.
Energy-Momentum Tensor of Field Fluctuations in Massive Chaotic Inflation
Let the assumptions of Lemma u ∈ C ([0, T ], L2 ϕ (Ω)) and the function τ → Eϕ (u(τ )) be lover semicontinuous, i.e., Eϕ(u(τ )) ≤ lim inf n→∞ Eϕ(u(τn )) for any τn → τ and any τ .
Infinite energy solutions for the Cahn-Hilliard equation in cylindrical domains
Notice how the topic starting with “buddy” is both popular and strongly correlated with respect to cooking and movies, implying that the conversations of cooking/movie lovers differ from camping/sports lovers.
Understanding the Interaction between Interests, Conversations and Friendships in Facebook
Hence, these two topics represent separate communities of cooking lovers: one associated with the high life, the other with pop culture.
Understanding the Interaction between Interests, Conversations and Friendships in Facebook
The fact that cooking lovers are not homogenous has significant implications for policy and advertising; a one-size-fits-all strategy is unlikely to succeed.
Understanding the Interaction between Interests, Conversations and Friendships in Facebook