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paramour

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noun par·amour \ˈpa-rə-ˌmu̇r\

Simple Definition of paramour

  • : a person with whom someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship and especially a secret or improper relationship

Full Definition of paramour

  1. :  an illicit lover

Examples of paramour

  1. And faster than you can say “You've got mail!” he fell hard for his unseen paramour. —Kipp Cheng, Entertainment Weekly, 23 Oct. 1998

  2. His Vietnamese paramour was a young woman of remarkable beauty. —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988

  3. As the vessel made sail immediately, and landed no part of their cargo, there seemed little doubt that they were accomplices of the notorious Robertson, and that the vessel had only come into the firth to carry off his paramour. —Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818



Origin of paramour

Middle English, from par amour for the sake of love, willingly, from Anglo-French par amur


First Known Use: 14th century


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