Definition of paramour
- a married man and his paramour
- Her account put him in the position of looking like the duped lover believing the cheating married paramour's protestation of love …
- —Bettina Drew
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Paramour came to English from French (a language based on Latin), though the modern French don't use the word. Since par amour meant "through love", it implies a relationship based solely on love, often physical love, rather than on social custom or ceremony. So today it tends to refer to the lover of a married man or woman, but may be used for any lover who isn't obeying the social rules.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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