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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
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Historical Examples
  • Say, that Serafina was enamoured of a peasant; say, that she had degenerated from the honour of her race.

  • Had I my illusions, I might imagine that my wife must be some woman of whom I should be enamoured.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • A real living child familiarly called Bice, the diminutive for Beatrice, enamoured Dante with a real, genuine love.

  • It was her beauty had made appeal to him, even as his beauty had enamoured her.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Still you have lived for a month with a Russian lady, of whom you are enamoured.

  • Abide, therefore, and do battle as though you were enamoured of victory.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Circ was enamoured of him, and in revenge of her slighted love, poisoned the fountain where his mistress usually bathed.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • Nor was he enamoured of any reputation, the essentials of which he had not laboriously achieved.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • Is it to be for her,—or for Colonel Stubbs, who is enamoured of the little girl?

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • I rather incline to think that some one else may be enamoured of her.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for enamoured


in love; captivated; charmed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enamoured



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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