paramour

noun par·amour \ ˈper-ə-ˌmu̇r , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of paramour

: lover; specifically : an illicit or secret lover
  • 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

Examples of paramour in a Sentence

  1. And faster than you can say "You've got mail!" he fell hard for his unseen paramour. —Kipp ChengEntertainment Weekly23 Oct. 1998
  2. His Vietnamese paramour was a young woman of remarkable beauty. —Neil SheehanA Bright Shining Lie1988
  3. As the vessel made sail immediately, and landed no part of their cargo, there seemed little doubt that they were accomplices of the notorious Robertson, and that the vessel had only come into the firth to carry off his paramour. —Walter ScottThe Heart of Midlothian1818

Recent Examples of paramour from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of paramour

Middle English, from par amour for the sake of love, willingly, from Anglo-French par amur


PARAMOUR Defined for English Language Learners

paramour

noun

Definition of paramour for English Language Learners

  • : a person with whom someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship and especially a secret or improper relationship



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