A lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.
More example sentences
- Is it too much to have these characters actually act like fathers and daughters, and not just like rich, sleazy sugar daddies with their young, illicit paramours tagging along for the ride?
- He informed her that her paramour was already married and as per the Shariah rules he can have another wife only if he can do justice to his first wife.
- Alas, when the desired moment of assignation arrives, his beloved paramour is not to be found, and another girl offers to fill her place.
Middle English: from Old French par amour 'by love'; in English the phrase was written from an early date as one word and came to be treated as a noun.