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or (especially British) enamour

[ih-nam-er] /ɪˈnæm ər/
verb (used with object)
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with):
to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
to charm or captivate.
Origin of enamor
1350-1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related forms
enamoredness; especially British, enamouredness, noun
half-enamored, adjective
overenamored, adjective
self-enamored, adjective
unenamored, adjective
2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You are enamored of them; they captivate you with their uncouth glamors; towards them you are drawn, eh?

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • So at least thought Mendel, and so thought a score of enamored youths beside.

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
  • The character of the correspondence was such as the average healthy man would address to a woman with whom he was enamored.

  • "Surrounded by enamored admirers, no doubt," remarked the clerk.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • I'm not enamored of a straight meat diet as a rule, but that evening I was in no mood to carp at anything half-way eatable.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin and History for enamored

1630s, past participle adjective from enamor.



c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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