paramour


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par·a·mour

 (păr′ə-mo͝or′)
n.
A lover, especially a lover of a person who is married to someone else.

[Middle English, from par amour, by way of love, passionately, from Anglo-Norman : par, by (from Latin per; see per in Indo-European roots) + amour, love (from Latin amor, from amāre, to love).]

paramour

(ˈpærəˌmʊə)
n
1. chiefly derogatory a lover, esp an adulterous woman
2. an archaic word for beloved2
[C13: from Old French, literally: through love]

par•a•mour

(ˈpær əˌmʊər)

n.
1. an illicit lover.
2. any lover.
[1250–1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paramour - a woman's lover
lover - a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
2.paramour - a woman who cohabits with an important manparamour - a woman who cohabits with an important man
kept woman, mistress, fancy woman - an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
odalisque - a woman slave in a harem

paramour

noun (Old-fashioned) lover, mistress, beau, concubine, courtesan, kept woman, fancy man (slang), fancy woman (slang), inamorata, fancy bit (slang), inamorato the president's alleged paramour

paramour

noun
A person's regular sexual partner:
Translations

paramour

[ˈpærəmʊəʳ] N (liter) → amante mf, querido/a m/f

paramour

n (old)Liebhaber m, → Buhle mf (old); (hum) (= man)Hausfreund m (hum); (= woman)Geliebte f
References in classic literature ?
Yes, in these halls, stained with the noble and pure blood of my father and my brethren in these very halls, to have lived the paramour of their murderer, the slave at once and the partaker of his pleasures, was to render every breath which I drew of vital air, a crime and a curse.
Just put your head in at English cottage doors; get a glimpse of Famine crouched torpid on black hearthstones; of Disease lying bare on beds without coverlets, of Infamy wantoning viciously with Ignorance, though indeed Luxury is her favourite paramour, and princely halls are dearer to her than thatched hovels "
Spirits in the shapes of ALEXANDER THE GREAT, of his Paramour, of DARIUS, and of HELEN.
I could now see the reason of Arthur's strange reception of me in the shrubbery; the burst of kindness was for his paramour, the start of horror for his wife.
I was now reduced to a much higher degree of distress than before: the necessaries of life began to be numbered among my wants; and what made my case still the more grievous was, that my paramour, of whom I was now grown immoderately fond, shared the same distresses with myself.
The long silence was full of formless historical memories of murdered husbands and poisonous paramours.
But of course, he doesn't, so his object of desire is Holly Kent (Melinda Sward), paramour of the school's most popular jocks.
Beth says of one potential paramour, ``I would drop my pants for him in a second.
As World War II heats up, Sophia cozies up against a new paramour, as does Margaret (who meets an injured soldier - the camera pans, not so discreetly, to his bottom).
In Coward's ever-witty comedy, each member of the Bliss family invites a potential paramour over for a romantically eccentric weekend.
Ticket: A story about the band Papa Roach on Page 6 Friday omitted the Web location of sound clips from the band's most recent release, "The Paramour Session.
The DVD offers a hard-hitting theatrical experience with Simon Keenlyside as the morose Dane and Natalie Dessay as his deranged paramour.