Definitions

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

  • n. A love affair, especially an illicit one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A love affair.
  • n. A lover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Love; affection.
  • n. Love making; a love affair; usually, an unlawful connection in love; a love intrigue; an illicit love affair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Love; affection; friendship.
  • n. Love toward one of the opposite sex.
  • n. A love-affair; love-making; especially, an illicit love-affair; an intrigue.

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

  • n. a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Old Provençal, from Latin amor, love; see amorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French amour (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the time of the first Kinsey study on sexuality, H.L. Mencken wrote, "All that humorless document really proves is (a) that all men lie when they are asked about their adventures in amour, and (b) that pedagogues are singularly naïve and credulous creatures."

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  • Imagine telling the world that his Argentine amour is his soul mate, but he's trying to fall in love again with his wife!

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  • The phrase amour-propre since 'propre' means clean elides 'self-love' and 'clean-love'.

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  • For the rest, the arrangement of princely establishments in the way of amour is pleasantly portrayed in this [Page vi] brief volume, which in many respects is not without its moral.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson

  • Or wonder if your amour is a Drama Queen or Drama King.

    Karen Salmansohn: Wedding Bells or Warning Bells?

  • She has not yet developed what Rousseau called amour propre - love of one's own, in the sense of loving one's own position/status/reputation viz. others.

    A Pox On Me

  • With intervals of travel, sport, adventure, and what in France is called 'l'amour' -- (it is strange, by the way, that he was never a hero of Carlyle's) -- he lived in this way more or less for forty years or so; and when he left Paris for the last time he had but two napoleons in his pocket.

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  • Then we went to breakfast with my lady and Daphne, their charming little daughter -- Barty's sister, as he called her -- "m'amour" -- and who spoke both French and English equally well.

    The Martian

  • No one becomes president without a fair share of what the French call amour propre.

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  • "amour" -- comments behind his back, which he was totally unaware of.

    Thelma

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