Definition of paramour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəˌmo͝or/


A lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.
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.
lover, significant other, inamorata;
girlfriend, mistress, the other woman, kept woman, courtesan;
boyfriend, the other man, inamorato
informal toy boy, sugar daddy, (main) squeeze
archaic concubine


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.

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Syllabification: par·a·mour

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