[uh-moo r]


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
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Examples from the Web for amour

Contemporary Examples of amour

Historical Examples of amour

  • Make the best of it, Monsieur Emile, for the sake of my amour propre.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Every circumstance attending the amour was soon known to Francisco.

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

    City Crimes


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

    The Ghost Girl

    H. De Vere Stacpoole

  • The amour propre suffers a distinct pain in this acknowledgment.

    The Tapestry Book

    Helen Churchill Candee

British Dictionary definitions for amour



a love affair, esp a secret or illicit one

Word Origin for amour

C13: from Old French, from Latin amor love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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