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[uh-moo r] /əˈmʊər/
a love affair.
an illicit or secret love affair.
Origin of amour
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, Old French amo(u)r, representing a dial. form or < Old Provençal < Latin amōrem accusative of amor love, equivalent to am(āre) to love + -or -or1; cf. amoretto
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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  • Chimne mourns for him: "clate mon amour, tu n'as plus rien craindre."

  • You will acknowledge that to a woman of my age, such an amour must be delicious and unique.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • I believe he has discovered our amour: How he surveys me for a son-in-law!

  • He did not desire the blood of the gentleman; he wanted his pride and amour propre.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Caution became necessary; and as secrecy adds a charm to an amour, Clara received a long letter and a telescope from Edward.

British Dictionary definitions for amour


a love affair, esp a secret or illicit one
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin amor love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for amour

c.1300, "love," from Old French amour, from Latin amorem (nominative amor) "love, affection, strong friendly feeling" (it could be used of sons or brothers, but especially of sexual love), from amare "to love" (see Amy). The accent shifted 15c.-17c. to the first syllable as the word became nativized, then shifted back as the naughty or intriguing sense became primary and the word was felt to be a euphemism.

A common ME word for love, later accented ámour (cf. enamour). Now with suggestion of intrigue and treated as a F[rench] word. [Weekley]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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