One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A love affair or lover, especially one that is secret.‘he is enraged at this revelation of his past amours’
partner, husband, wife, spouse, lover, live-in lover, significant other, inamorato, inamorata, companion, helpmate, helpmeet, consortView synonyms
- ‘Out of these raw materials he created a coherent strategy for re-presenting the Court's amours in a more positive light.’
- ‘The coyotes and robins and bunnies and foxes and deer have been busy fornicating and the products of their amours have been popping their cute little furry/feathery heads up all around town.’
- ‘With a romantic flourish, he produces a presentation box, he gently eases it open and shows his amour some fantastically expensive ring.’
- ‘People who have just fallen in love spend over 85% of their waking hours thinking about their amour.’
- ‘And it can't hide your amour's frequently dialed number from prying eyes.’
- ‘Grand amours and boon companionship are conspicuously absent from his narrative.’
- ‘On her part, she cunningly milked him for anything she could learn about who his master was, and any details of his amours.’
- ‘If he continues looking over his shoulder at your past amours, suggest to him, gently, that he is lousing up what otherwise would be very happy times.’
- ‘What complicates the exchange process is that the spirit-forms are socially inter-tied, and have amours and spats, just like the Greek gods.’
- ‘You take a minute to catch your breath, exhausted but exhilarated because you kept up with your amour on the dancefloor.’
- ‘There are endless secret passageways, multiple amours, and traitors in every corner.’
- ‘‘You make me feel good about myself,’ he explains emphatically to his lip-quivering amour.’
- ‘Maybe that means opening up to an old friend, maybe it means hooking up with a hottie, or maybe it means making a crazy commitment to one of your 18 polyamorous amours.’
- ‘In the end, she reconciles her new amour with her personal philosophy of maintaining two lovers.’
- ‘The rest of the interview passed in much the same manner, with Therese outlining her previous amours and inquiring after Anne and Jane's.’
- ‘Mary personally did not worry about the amours of her brothers.’
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘love, affection’): via Old French from Latin amor ‘love’. The current sense dates from the late 16th century.
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