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paramour

[par-uh-moo r]
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noun
  1. an illicit lover, especially of a married person.
  2. any lover.
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Origin of paramour

1250–1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French
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  • The king himself now asserts it was because he had tried to seduce his paramour.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • It is so easy to punish the woman, and yet it is not proved that she was worse than her paramour.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • How can you be the paramour type if you refuse to fall in love foolishly?

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

  • I deduced he was her paramour, husband or close relative, perhaps a brother.

  • For some months she enjoyed with her paramour all for which she had sighed in her home.

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for paramour

paramour

noun
  1. mainly derogatory a lover, esp an adulterous woman
  2. an archaic word for beloved (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French, literally: through love
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Word Origin and History for paramour

n.

c.1300, noun use of adverbial phrase par amour (c.1300) "passionately, with strong love or desire," from Anglo-French and Old French par amour, from accusative of amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Originally a term for Christ (by women) or the Virgin Mary (by men), it came to mean "darling, sweetheart" (mid-14c.) and "mistress, concubine, clandestine lover" (late 14c.).

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