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[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.
Also, especially British, enamour.
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
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Examples from the web for enamored
  • I've always been enamored of the human voice as an instrument.
  • The problem is, too many students are enamored of criminology.
  • She also has a dog and cat which, though far less enamored of swimming than the other creatures, also end up in the pond.
  • Our four-year-old is enamored of anything that has to do with building lately.
  • He could feed us both if he wasn't so enamored of the canned tuna I buy.
  • But we were less enamored of the bike's handling.
  • I'm not sure why people are so enamored with it.
  • Wealthy donors have become enamored of charter schools.
  • One of the biggest mistakes an aspiring writer can make is to become grossly enamored of a well-established literary figure.
  • Needless to say, I was less enamored after this little fracas.
British Dictionary definitions for enamored


in love; captivated; charmed
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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.

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