Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One dedicated to love, especially sexual love.
  • n. One who writes about love.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who is in love.
  • n. Someone who writes about love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lover; a gallant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lover; a gallant; an inamorato. Also written amourist.
  • n. One who is given to writing love-sonnets or -songs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love

Etymologies

Latin amor, love; see amorous + -ist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Frizzy straight-cut masses that would have charmed Rossetti abounded, and one gentleman, who was pointed out to Graham under the mysterious title of an "amorist", wore his hair in two becoming plaits a la Marguerite.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • When Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., the celebrated Victorian soldier, scoundrel, amorist, and self-confessed poltroon, began to write his memoirs early in the present century, he set to work with a discipline remarkable in one whose life and conduct were, to put it charitably, haphazard and irregular.

    Watershed

  • Not that I minded that part of it at all; she was an uncommon inventive amorist, and when you've been chief stud and bath attend-ant to Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar, with the threat of boiling alive or impalement hanging over you if you fail to satisfy the customer, then keeping pace even with Susie is gammon and peas.

    Isabelle

  • MacMillan rotation amorist sigh chording subsections …

    Think Progress » Iraqi Leaders Call On U.S. To Set Timetable

  • Frizzy straight-cut masses that would have charmed Rossetti abounded, and one gentleman, who was pointed out to Graham under the mysterious title of an “amorist”, wore his hair in two becoming plaits a la Marguerite.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • I hate him about his patent henesy, plasfh it, yet am I amorist.

    Finnegans Wake

  • She was no refined amorist, that one, strong as a bullock, randy as a stoat, and the roughest ride I could remember since Ranavalona of Madagascar — another Black Pearl of Africa, but before I could make philosophic review of this coincidence, my attention was distracted by a gentle pricking of some sharp point under my right ear, and a soft voice whispering:

    Flashman on the March

  • He, the unpublished writer and debutant amorist, is always telling her, the well-known poet and skilled boudoir operator, just exactly what is what in both art and love: 'O enfant, enfant, que tu es jeune encore!' is a characteristic apostrophe to a woman eleven years his senior.

    Unlikely Friendship

  • She fulfilled, you see, four of the five conditions necessary for what may be called the Australian Ideal — she was an immensely rich, stunningly beautiful, highly-skilled professional amorist with the sexual appetite of a pagan priestess; she did not own a public house.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • She fulfilled, you see, four of the five conditions necessary for what may be called the Australian Ideal - she was an immensely rich, stunningly beautiful, highly-skilled professional amorist with the sexual appetite of a pagan priestess; she did not own a public house.

    Flashman and the Dragon

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