Definition of enamour in English:


(US enamor)


  • 1Be filled with love for.

    ‘it is not difficult to see why Edward is enamoured of her’
    • ‘Why can he not be more vituperative, more passionate, even more enamoured of the boys and of the duty we have entrusted him with?’
    • ‘Unfortunately concepts are easier to love and be enamoured of than people.’
    • ‘He fell in love very shortly after, and not only was he wildly enamoured of her, he made a great friend of her husband who was some 20 years older than them both.’
    • ‘They would have walked huddled, enamoured of each other's smell, holding hands and even kissing hurriedly and shyly in the twilight's cover.’
    • ‘However, he was not enamoured of Eden and out of earshot called him ‘the sleeping beauty’.’
    • ‘Matthew is young and completely enamoured of his new friends, so he happily continues his affair with Isabelle.’
    • ‘True to his narcissistic nature, however, Dorian is much more enamoured of himself than anyone around him.’
    • ‘Where are all these women supposed to be enamoured of older men?’
    • ‘Alexander the Great, enamoured of his Theban captive Campaspe, gives her freedom and engages Apelles to paint her portrait.’
    • ‘As poets, we are enamoured of the English language.’
    • ‘When she and I met, at Heathrow, we were very enamoured of each other.’
    • ‘How a record-buying public so enamoured of female singer-songwriters has managed to overlook her is one of the enduring mysteries of recent rock history.’
    • ‘A Kolathiri king was enamoured of the beauty of Kunjaadi, a member of the family.’
    • ‘As a teenager, I was very enamoured of the deepness of black.’
    • ‘She is not all that enamoured of the new rural Ireland.’
    • ‘The enamoured look in her soft, brown eyes lessened the harshness of her behest.’
    • ‘She was more enamoured of cigarettes than boys.’
    • ‘It is clear that they are not especially enamoured of each other.’
    • ‘I was just as enamoured of her as everybody else.’
    • ‘Europeans are no longer enamoured of their own continent.’
    in love with, infatuated with, besotted with, smitten with, love-struck by, captivated by, charmed by, enchanted by, fascinated by, bewitched by, beguiled by, enthralled by, entranced by, enraptured by, keen on, taken with, head over heels for, under the spell of, consumed with desire for
    mad about, crazy about, wild about, nuts about, potty about, dotty about, bowled over by, hot for, gone on, hooked on, stuck on, struck on, sweet on, soft on, hung up on, carrying a torch for
    daft about
    twitterpated by
    ensorcelled by
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    1. 1.1Have a liking or admiration for.
      ‘she was truly enamoured of New York’
      • ‘The prime minister is so enamoured of the European ideal that he ignores the economic downside, says his former adviser.’
      • ‘I'm not altogether enamoured of the EU - although Brussels civil servants can speak more languages than ours, so that's a good point in their favour.’
      • ‘Europeans were not slow to join the game; they were never enamoured of the quality of American diplomacy anyway.’
      • ‘Now I get the impression that a lot of contributors aren't over enamoured of capitalism.’
      • ‘Unions too are less than enamoured of the proposals.’
      • ‘Mayer's parents weren't very enamoured of their son's choice of career.’
      • ‘I used to frequent my parents' neighbourhood, as I was very enamoured of the atmosphere there.’
      • ‘The public, though, will also recall many MPs were not enamoured of Margaret Thatcher, barring the fact that she delivered repeated election victories.’
      • ‘But Pike is less enamoured of the reality of Hollywood than the idea of it.’
      • ‘In her interviews, she has said that she was enamoured of this great classic from her schooldays, and especially its daring heroine, Becky Sharp.’
      • ‘Of course, not everyone has been enamoured of this latest incursion into international diplomacy.’
      • ‘But we are so enamoured of the idea that we can be part of a freely chosen community that we haven't stopped to consider what it really involves.’
      • ‘Here, Wheatcroft would appear to be enamoured of the work of structuralists.’
      • ‘She quickly became enamoured with his style of writing, entranced by his wordsmith abilities and the evident wisdom of his words.’
      • ‘Likewise he was less than totally enamoured of the idea of taking up coaching or football management.’
      • ‘She is enamoured of Irish folklore and landscape.’
      • ‘Understandably Bridget is less than enamoured of the idea, so David has a spare ticket that's now coming my way.’


Middle English (formerly also as inamour): from Old French enamourer, from en- in + amour love.