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[par-uh-moo r] /ˈpær əˌmʊər/
an illicit lover, especially of a married person.
any lover.
Origin of paramour
1250-1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paramour
  • The student and her paramour lost valuable credibility.
  • Onlookers watch as Michael switches on his digital paramour.
  • It was also where she found her peppy young paramour.
  • The latest appointment was announced last month, in what some call the case of the poisoned paramour.
  • And none but thou shalt be my paramour.
  • And he said, he would be her leman or paramour.
  • To wanton with the sun, her lusty paramour.
  • She is unhurt and soon shows her paramour how near he came to being blown to bits.
  • If you become pregnant or your paramour has become pregnant, tell your case worker as soon as possible.
  • While under the influence of alcohol, he punched in the window of his paramour's car.
British Dictionary definitions for paramour


(mainly derogatory) a lover, esp an adulterous woman
an archaic word for beloved (sense 2)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, literally: through love
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Word Origin and History for paramour

c.1300, noun use of adverbial phrase par amour (c.1300) "passionately, with strong love or desire," from Anglo-French and Old French par amour, from accusative 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" (mid-14c.) and "mistress, concubine, clandestine lover" (late 14c.).

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