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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpæ.ɹə.mʊə/, /ˈpæ.ɹə.mɔː/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæɹəmɔɹ/
paramour (plural paramours)
- (somewhat archaic) An illicit lover, either male or female.
- 1848, Thomas Maucalay, 'The History of England from the Accession of James the Second':
- The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramour.
- 2016 February 23, Robbie Collin, “Grimsby review: ' Sacha Baron Cohen's vital, venomous action movie'”, in The Daily Telegraph (London):
- The action scenes are deafening and punchily staged by director Louis Letterier (The Transporter), though I wish he’d set more time aside to spend with Nobby, his paramour Dawn (Rebel Wilson), their shaven-headed brood, and friends
- (obsolete) The Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ (when addressed by a person of the opposite sex).
paramour (not comparable)
- (obsolete, of loving, etc.) Passionately, out of sexual desire. [from 14thc.]
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Knyghtes Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- For paramour I loved her fyrst ere thou.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “liij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
- 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