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 14th c.]
    • Chaucer
      For par amour I loved her first ere thou.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol. II, Book X:
      And as for to say that I love La Beall Isode paramoures, I dare make good that I do, and that she hath my servyse abovyn all other ladyes, and shall have, all the terme of my lyff.

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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