\ 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web In the postmortems of the attack, the US, followed by Iran, depicted the missile strikes as cleverly designed to avoid US casualties, thereby supplying the Trump administration with an off-ramp while satisfying Iranian amour-propre. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 But while the bucks and does of Cook and Lake Counties actively pursue one another to produce their own little Bambis, the amour can produce danger for motorists. Lisa Cisneros,, "It’s deer mating season. Motorists face danger of crashes, injuries.," 31 Oct. 2019 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 amour, amoure "affection, love between the sexes, spiritual love," borrowed from Anglo-French amur, amour, ameur (also continental Old French), going back to Latin amōr-, amor "affection, liking, love, sexual passion, illicit or homosexual passion," from am-, base of amāre "to have affection for, love, be in love, make love to" + -ōr-, -or, abstract noun suffix (going back to *-ōs) — more at amateur

Note: The regular outcome of Latin amor in modern French should be *ameur, not amour, and the discrepancy has been explained in a number of ways: as re-formation after the adjective amoureux "amorous"; as due to the influence of Anglo-French; as the outcome of -ō- in the dialect of medieval eastern Champagne, a significant courtly center; as a semantic split, ameur being restricted to the sense "rutting season of ungulates"; as due to the influence of ecclesiastical Latin. Probably the most popular hypothesis sees amour as a borrowing from Old Occitan, due to the influence of troubador verse. — Both the current modern meanings and the English pronunciation with stress on the second syllable are presumably due to reborrowing from French.

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“Amour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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