1. 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." (Shak)

2. 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." (Shak)

3. One who has a strong liking for anything, as books, science, or music. "A lover of knowledge." .

(01 Mar 1998)

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