paramour

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French par amor (for love's sake).

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AdverbEdit

paramour (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, of loving, etc.) Passionately, out of sexual desire; devotedly. [from 14th c.]
    • Chaucer
      For par amour I loved her first ere thou.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X:
      And as for to say that I love La Beall Isode paramoures, I dare make good that I do, and that she hath my servyse abovyn all other ladyes, and shall have, all the terme of my lyff.

NounEdit

paramour (plural paramours)

  1. An illicit lover, either male or female.
    • Macaulay
      The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramour.

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Last modified on 29 March 2014, at 16:55