‘Lots of Love’: Definition, Meaning, and Examples

By Sophia Merton, updated on December 29, 2022

Did someone send you an email and write ‘lots of love’ before they signed their name? Or did you receive a letter in the mail with this phrase? If you’re wondering what it means, you’ve come to the right place.

In short, ‘lots of love’ is a casual and informal way to end a written message to a person that you love, such as a romantic partner, a relative, or a friend.

What Does 'Lots of Love' Mean?

‘Lots of love’ is an informal way to end a letter or message to somebody you feel affection for. This could be a person you are in a romantic relationship with or a close friend or relative.

For example, if you’re sending an email to your best friend that you haven’t seen in years, you might sign off by saying ‘lots of love’ before signing your name. Similarly, if you were sending a Christmas card to your relatives, you could end the letter by saying ‘lots of love from’ and then writing your name.

While the ancient Greeks had six different words to describe different types of love, in English, we really only have one. This means that the word ‘love’ is used to describe the feelings a parent has for a child, a husband has for a wife, a friend has for a friend, etc. The word ‘love’ can even be used to describe how a person feels toward an inanimate object, such as a coffee drink, a dress, or a car.

When someone says ‘lots of love,’ they are casually sending a lot of positive, warm sentiments your way. It would be inappropriate to end an email, letter, or message to your boss with ‘lots of love,’ but completely acceptable to do so in a message to your sister, spouse, or an old friend.

Where Does 'Lots of Love' Come From?

As you might imagine, the word ‘love’ has deep roots in the English language. The Old English word ‘lufu’ meaning “feeling of love; friendliness; affection; romantic sexual attraction; Love as a personification or abstraction; the love of God,” dates back many centuries.

The word 'love' has been used to mean “a beloved person” as far back as the early 13th century, while Old English also used the word in the weakened sense of “liking, fondness.”

‘Lot’ is also a word that stems from Old English in the form of the word ‘hlot,’ which was an object used to determine a person’s share of something. This object was commonly a chip of wood that had a name inscribed on it.

The meaning of ‘lot’ that is used in ‘lots of love’ dates back to 1812 with the generalized sense of a “great many.” In 1906, the slang ‘lotta’ emerged to mean “lot of,” while ‘losta’ appeared in 1927, meaning ‘lots of.”

If you see someone say ‘lotta love’ or ‘lotsa love,’ they are communicating the same meaning as ‘lots of love.’

Examples of 'Lots of Love' In Sentences

How would you use ‘lots of love’ in a sentence? You would typically use this phrase as a way to end a letter or message before writing your name. However, it can also be used within sentences such as “the mother felt ‘lots of love’ for her newborn.”

  • “Congratulations on your new baby. I cannot wait to meet him. Lots of love, Mrs. White.”
  • “I can’t believe it’s been five years since I’ve seen you! It feels like just yesterday that we graduated from college. Let me know if you think you’ll be able to visit this summer. Lots of love, Sarah.”
  • “Thank you so much for the thoughtful Christmas gift you sent. I’ll be placing it right on my mantle, where I can see it every day. Lots of love to you and yours, Rebecca.”
  • “I couldn’t believe how happy they seemed together. You could tell there was lots of love between them.”
  • “Getting to meet your fiance was a truly wonderful experience. I wish you both the best and can’t wait to see you again. Lots of love, Grandma.”
  • “I hope you have a good flight. Send me a message when you land so I know you got home safely! Lots of love, John.”

Other Ways to Say 'Lots of Love'

What are some other ways you can convey the same message as ‘lots of love’? Here are similar phrases you can use to close a letter that communicates a synonymous or nearly synonymous meaning:

  • With love
  • Much love
  • Hugs and kisses
  • With lots and lots of love
  • Xoxo

Are you on a roll learning English phrases and are ready to learn some more? Be sure to check out our idioms blog. Until then, we’re sending ‘lots of love’ from the Writing Tips team to you and yours!

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Written By:
Sophia Merton
Sophia Merton is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. Sophia received her BA from Vassar College. She is passionate about reading, writing, and the written word. Her goal is to help everyone, whether native English speaker or not, learn how to write and speak with perfect English.

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