[am-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


of or relating to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love: amatory poems; an amatory look.

Also am·a·to·ri·al [am-uh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-ee-uhl] /ˌæm əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl/.

Origin of amatory

1590–1600; < Latin amātōrius, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsam·a·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·am·a·to·ri·al, adjectivepseu·do·am·a·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms for amatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amatory

Contemporary Examples of amatory

  • Discretion, it goes without saying, is the cornerstone of long-term success in the amatory arts.

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    The Love Guru

    Sean Macaulay

    September 13, 2009

Historical Examples of amatory

  • The amatory exploits of Peirithous and Theseus are equally unworthy.

  • To be sure, this was not by any means his first amatory venture.


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • Of the Elizabethan amatory verses only a small portion has been transmitted to us.

  • In fact, gregarious and amatory as are the Ana, Frogs are still more so.

    The Coming Race

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • In the child, the moods of the amatory sentiment are exceedingly variable.

British Dictionary definitions for amatory


amatorial (ˌæməˈtɔːrɪəl)


of, relating to, or inciting sexual love or desire

Word Origin for amatory

C16: from Latin amātōrius, from amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amatory

1590s, "pertaining to love" (especially sexual love), from Latin amatorius "loving," from amatus, past participle of amare (see Amy).

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