- The definition of a paramour is a lover or romantic partner.
An example of paramour is the girlfriend of a married man.
- a lover or mistress; esp., the illicit sexual partner of a married man or woman
- Archaic a sweetheart
Origin of paramourMiddle English ; from par amur ; from Old French par amour, with love ; from par (L per), by + amour (L amor), love
A lover, especially a lover of a person who is married to someone else.
Origin of paramourMiddle English, from par amour, by way of love, passionately, from Anglo-Norman : par, by (from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots) + amour, love (from Latin amor, from amāre, to love).
- 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X:
- And as for to say that I love La Beall Isode paramoures, I dare make good that I do, and that she hath my servyse abovyn all other ladyes, and shall have, all the terme of my lyff.
From Old French par amor (“for love's sake").