adjective am·o·rous \ ˈa-mə-rəs , ˈam-rəs \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of amorous

1 : strongly moved by love and especially sexual love
  • amorous couples
2 : being in love : enamored usually used with of
  • amorous of the girl
3 a : indicative of love
  • received amorous glances from her partner
b : of or relating to love
  • an amorous novel





Examples of amorous in a Sentence

  1. Vickers has now turned his formidable powers to "A Lover's Complaint". This 329-line amorous oration was published with the Sonnets in 1609, though it is probably little read even by those for whom the sonnets are a form of poetic oxygen. —Harold LoveTimes Literary Supplement6 July 2007
  2. The first commercial valentines were produced in the U.S. in 1834 by one Robert H. Elton, and the custom of sending greeting cards with amorous messages has persisted. —Phillip LopateWigwagFebruary 1990
  3. His amorous affairs he flaunted as if they were masterpieces, and he invited his marital partner to share in the esthetic experience. —John UpdikeNew York Times Book Review29 Mar. 1987
  4. He has an amorous nature.

  5. male birds engage in amorous behavior—nest-building, singing, showing off their finery—in order to attract females

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Did You Know?

A couple smooching on a park bench could be called amorous, or a young married couple who are always hugging and kissing. But the word is often used a bit sarcastically, as when a tabloid newspaper gets hold of some scandalous photos and calls the participants "the amorous pair". In such cases, we may be encouraged to think the attraction is more physical than emotional.

Origin and Etymology of amorous

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin amorosus, from Latin amor love, from amare to love

AMOROUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of amorous for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing strong feelings of sexual attraction or love

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