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amour

[ uh-moo r ]
/ əˈmʊər /
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noun

a love affair.
an illicit or secret love affair.

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RELATED WORDS

affair, love, relationship, liaison, passion, entanglement

Nearby words

amount, amount at risk, amount of substance, amount to, amount to the same thing, amour, amour-propre, amowt, amoxicillin, amoxycillin, amoy

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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British Dictionary definitions for amour

amour

/ French (amur) /

noun

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

amour


n.

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