paramour

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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, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X, chapter 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Macaulay:
      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

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