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From Middle English paramour, paramoure, peramour, paramur, from Old French par amor (for love's sake).



paramour (plural paramours)

  1. (somewhat archaic) An illicit lover, either male or female.
    Synonyms: leman, mistress; see also Thesaurus:mistress
    to run away with a paramour
    • 1848, Thomas Maucalay, 'The History of England from the Accession of James the Second':
      The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramour.
    • 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
      The action scenes are deafening and punchily staged by director Louis Letterier (The Transporter), though I wish he’d set more time aside to spend with Nobby, his paramour Dawn (Rebel Wilson), their shaven-headed brood, and friends
  2. (obsolete) The Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ (when addressed by a person of the opposite sex).



paramour (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, of loving, etc.) Passionately, out of sexual desire. [from 14thc.]
    Synonyms: devotedly, passionately
    • (Can we date this quote by Chaucer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      For par amour I loved her first ere thou.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter liij, in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      Is this trouthe said Palomydes / Thenne shall we hastely here of sire Tristram / And as for to say that I loue la Beale Isoud peramours I dare make good that I doo / and that she hath my seruyse aboue alle other ladyes / and shalle haue the terme of my lyf

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