[ par-uh-moo r ]
/ ˈpær əˌmʊər /


an illicit lover, especially of a married person.
any lover.


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Origin of paramour

1250–1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for paramour

/ (ˈpærəˌmʊə) /


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

Word Origin for paramour

C13: from Old French, literally: through love
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