paramour

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French par amor (for love's sake).

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paramour (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, of loving, etc.) Passionately, out of sexual desire; devotedly. [from 14thc.]
    • Chaucer
      For par amour I loved her first ere thou.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.X, Ch.liij:
      Is this trouthe said Palomydes / Thenne shall we hastely here of sire Tristram / And as for to say that I loue la Beale Isoud peramours I dare make good that I doo / and that she hath my seruyse aboue alle other ladyes / and shalle haue the terme of my lyf

Noun[edit]

paramour (plural paramours)

  1. An illicit lover, either male or female.
    • Macaulay
      The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramour.

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