Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman with whom one has an intimate romantic relationship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman with whom one is in love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman in love; a mistress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Italian innamorata, feminine of innamorato, inamorato; see inamorato.]

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From the Italian innamorata, the feminine form of innamorato ("lover, boyfriend"), from innamorare ("to make somebody fall in love"), from in- ("in") + amore ("love").

Examples

  • Now Dick appears to have been sleeping around on both his main inamorata, which strikes me as completely out of character.

    Scott Beatty on Robin

  • This particular Cleat had thought that his inamorata was an heiress but found the opposite to be the case on their wedding night she, in turn, had been told he was a wealthy “milord” and fallen “in love” accordingly.

    The Dressmaker

  • Sadly, it does not make up for the boneheaded move of not calling his inamorata to tell her that he wasn't going to show in the first place.

    William Bradley: Mad Men: "Wee Small Hours" -- HuffPost Review

  • His inamorata was a blue-eyed young German lady, the sweetest and loveliest girl in Berlin; he carried her colors in many a lonely voyage in after years.

    The Story of Paul Boyton Voyages on All the Great Rivers of the World

  • He called his inamorata his soul mate, and with Cupid's poison arrow in his Republican heart, he wept.

    Berks county news

  • He called his inamorata his soul mate, and with Cupid's poison arrow in his Republican heart, he wept.

    Berks county news

  • He called his inamorata his "soul mate" and, with Cupid's poison arrow in his Republican heart (an oxymoron?), he wept.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • He called his inamorata his "soul mate" and, with Cupid's poison arrow in his Republican heart (an oxymoron?), he wept.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • He called his inamorata his "soul mate" and, with Cupid's poison arrow in his Republican heart (an oxymoron?), he wept.

    IndyStar.com Top Stories

  • Three or four of the party had ventured out, and we had secured a large sackful, after which we all retired to the tent, except one of our number, who, having a lady-love in Cardwell with an inordinate affection for shell-fish, lingered to fill a haversack for his 'inamorata'.

    Australian Search Party

Comments

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  • 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

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

    August 13, 2008

  • 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