par-amour

paramour

[par-uh-moor]
noun
1.
an illicit lover, especially of a married person.
2.
any lover.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French

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

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paramour
c.1300, noun use of adv. phrase par amour (c.1300) "passionately, with strong love or desire," from Anglo-Fr. par amour, from acc. of amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Originally a term for Christ (by women) or the Virgin Mary (by men), it came to mean "darling, sweetheart"
(c.1350) and "mistress, concubine, clandestine lover" (late 14c.).
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