am·​a·​to·​ry ˈa-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce amatory (audio)
: of, relating to, or expressing sexual love
amatory adventures

Examples of amatory in a Sentence

amatory letters that kept their love alive during the years they were separated by war
Recent Examples on the Web The brilliant young Mozart, only 34 at the time of the premiere, lifted this ludicrous amatory romp into sublime heights with his music. Jeremy Yudkin,, 17 July 2023 Lapine, making his feature film debut, doesn’t have the technique to turn this amatory whirl into a lyrical roundelay. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2023 Peacock, talented, attractive, amatory, and a good friend to the bohemian Shelley circle, married, rather surprisingly, a Welsh parson’s daughter, Jane Gryffydh, who was ill at ease in London and developed life-long mental illness after the death of one of her children. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from Latin amātōrius, adjective derivative of amātōr-, amātor "lover" — more at amateur

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amatory was in 1571

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Cite this Entry

“Amatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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am·​a·​to·​ry ˈam-ə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce amatory (audio)
: of, relating to, or expressing sexual love
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