from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An illicit lover, either male or female.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lover, of either sex; a wooer or a mistress (formerly in a good sense, now only in a bad one); one who takes the place, without possessing the rights, of a husband or wife; -- used of a man or a woman.
- n. Love; gallantry.
- adv. By or with love, esp. the love of the sexes; -- sometimes written as two words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With love; in love; as a lover.
- n. A lover, of either sex; a wooer.
- n. A lover, of either sex, in a bad sense; one who takes the place of a husband or wife without legal right: the only sense of the word now in use.
- n. Love, as between the sexes; gallantry.
- To love; be in love with; woo.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman who cohabits with an important man
- n. a woman's lover
Middle English, from par amour, by way of love, passionately, from Anglo-Norman : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + amour, love (from Latin amor, from amāre, to love).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French par amor ("for love's sake"). (Wiktionary)