a love affair.
an illicit or secret love affair.

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, Old French amo(u)r, representing a dial. form or < Old Provençal < Latin amōrem accusative of amor love, equivalent to am(āre) to love + -or -or1; cf. amoretto

amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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amour (amur)
a love affair, esp a secret or illicit one
[C13: from Old French, from Latin amor love]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "love," from O.Fr. amour, from L. amorem "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). The accent shifted 15c.-17c. to the first syllable as the word became nativized, then shifted back as the naughty or intriguing sense became primary and the word was felt to be a euphemism.
"A common ME word for love, later accented ámour (cf. enamour). Now with suggestion of intrigue and treated as a F. word." [Weekley]
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Example sentences
Traveler offers ways to celebrate our national day of amour.
Large brains may have led to the evolution of amour.
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