\ ə-ˈmu̇r How to pronounce amour (audio) , ä-, a-\

Definition of amour

: a usually illicit love affair wrote of his amours in his memoirs also : lover

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Synonyms for amour


affair (also affaire), fling, love, love affair, romance

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Examples of amour in a Sentence

memoirs devoted to accounts of his amours in her memoirs the diva candidly recalls her amours with some of opera's best-known tenors and baritones

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Rousseau distinguished two forms of self-love, amour de soi and amour-propre. Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times, "How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story," 21 June 2018 Being in the vanguard gives social superiority, satisfying that most dangerous product of a commercial society—amour-propre. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "‘A Foreign Policy for the Left’ Review: Can There Be a ‘Decent’ Left?," 14 Mar. 2018 Paris The capital of amour lives up to its name, at least for traveling ladies. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great cities to find love on the road," 19 Jan. 2018 Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "For Prada, black nylon is a safe haven in a storm," 14 Jan. 2018 David Parnes and Adriana Abnosi tied the knot in the country of amour on Sunday. Yvonne Juris,, "Million Dollar Listing L.A. Star David Parnes Marries Adrian Abnosi in Gorgeous French Villa," 23 July 2017 Thanks to Madame Pazargadi’s amour for her students and the French language, the French wedding has grown each year. Andrea Mills, Orange County Register, "In Our Schools: French wedding practices lessons from language class," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of amour

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amour

Middle English, love, affection, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan amor, from Latin, from amare to love

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The first known use of amour was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of amour

literary : a sexual relationship : a love affair especially : a secret love affair

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