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

  • n. A woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a female lover or woman with whom one is in love; a mistress

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman in love; a mistress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman with whom one is in love.

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

  • n. a woman with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship


Italian innamorata, feminine of innamorato, inamorato; see inamorato.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Italian innamorata, the feminine form of innamorato ("lover, boyfriend"), from innamorare ("to make somebody fall in love"), from in- ("in") + amore ("love"). (Wiktionary)



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  • I slept fitfully, and only in the small hours glided into a deeper spell (illustrated for no reason at all with the image of my first little inamorata in the grass of an orchard) . . . .
    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 46

    June 7, 2009

  • Heck, with passion like that, I'd be your inamorata. Minus the sex, of course; devotion's just fine without it.

    August 13, 2008

  • My inamorata loves me,
    and I love her.
    Our sex is the best around.
    I'll die should she leave,
    Her sweet scent I will grieve,
    I'll be forced to find a new town.

    August 13, 2008