One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person's male lover.
sweetheart, loved one, love, true love, lady love, darling, dearest, dear one, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, young lady, young man, woman friend, lady friend, man friend, beau, admirer, worshipper, inamorataView synonyms
- ‘In her novel, Lapierre picks up on this and Richard Symonds's remark that Lanier was ‘inamorato di Artemisia Gentileschi,’ to construct a passionate affair between Lanier and Artemisia.’
- ‘As for the nomadic spirit of the poet, I remember wresting my partner away from an accountant inamorato, donkeys ago, telling her she'd live the romantic rover's life with me.’
Late 16th century: Italian, literally ‘enamored’, past participle of the verb inamorare (now innamorare), based on Latin amor ‘love’.
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