paramour
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpæ.ɹə.mʊə/, /ˈpæ.ɹə.mɔː/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpæɹəmɔɹ/
    (non-Mary-marry-merry)
    (Mary-marry-merry)
Noun

paramour (plural paramours)

  1. (somewhat, archaic) An illicit lover, either male or female.
    Synonyms: leman, mistress, Thesaurus:mistress
    to run away with a paramour
  2. (obsolete) The Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ (when addressed by a person of the opposite sex).
Translations Adverb

paramour (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, of loving, etc.) Passionately, out of sexual desire. [from 14thc.]
    Synonyms: devotedly, passionately
    • For par amour I loved her first ere thou.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:12.53?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter liij], in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      Is this trouthe said Palomydes / Thenne shall we hastely here of sire Tristram / And as for to say that I loue la Beale Isoud peramours I dare make good that I doo / and that she hath my seruyse aboue alle other ladyes / and shalle haue the terme of my lyf



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