[ am-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


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 forms

am·a·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·am·a·to·ri·al, adjectivepseu·do·am·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amatory


amatorial (ˌæməˈtɔːrɪəl)

/ (ˈæmətərɪ) /


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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