(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. suitor, wooer, sweetheart, beau, boy- or girlfriend. See love.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A suitor]
Syn. wooer, sweetheart, darling, dear, girlfriend, boyfriend, beau, mate, significant other, partner, dearest, beloved, admirer, courter, escort, infatuate, paramour, fiancé, fiancée, swain, inamorato, petitioner, suppliant, applicant, solicitor, entreater, gentleman friend*, lady friend*, flame*, steady*.
2. [A willing student or practitioner; used only in phrases ]
Syn. dilettante, amateur, practitioner, fan, hobbyist, fanatic, neophyte; see also enthusiast 1 , zealot .
3. [An epithet for a beloved]
Syn. beloved, sweetheart, dear; see darling 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. sweetheart flame, steady, *honey, *significant other, mate, sex partner, suitor, paramour, stud, Romeo, beau, boyfriend, girlfriend, mistress, lothario, Don Juan, Casanova, heartthrob.
2. fan aficionado, devotee, enthusiast, buff, *freak, *bug, *nut.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A person's regular sexual partner: paramour. See SEX. 2. One who ardently admires: admirer, devotee, enthusiast, fancier. Informal: fan2. See LIKE, LOVE, PRAISE.

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