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[ih-nam-er] /ɪˈnæm ər/
verb (used with object)
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with):
to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
to charm or captivate.
Also, especially British, enamour.
Origin of enamor
1350-1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related forms
enamoredness; especially British, enamouredness, noun
half-enamored, adjective
overenamored, adjective
self-enamored, adjective
unenamored, adjective
2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So at least thought Mendel, and so thought a score of enamored youths beside.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • "Surrounded by enamored admirers, no doubt," remarked the clerk.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Seizing her by the arm, she lifted her on her shoulder and ran off with her to the enamored prince.

  • He described the particulars of his person with the detail of one enamored of a hero.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Then the enamored old gentleman kissed her hand, and took his leave.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
Word Origin and History for enamored

1630s, past participle adjective from enamor.



c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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