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Definition a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

"Amour" is typically seen in old literature or as the French noun for "love" as when "mon amour" means "my love".
  • indulged in various amours
  • Il existe un embaumement d'amour.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • If you and Nicole married won't that be 'l'amour de famille'?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She imagined that he wished her gone that she might not witness his amours with another girl.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • So he entered, and anon there met with him two brethren, the one hight Sir Plaine de Force, and the other hight Sir Plaine de Amours.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • So I answered, Elle symbolise l'amour ("It symbolizes love").
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • 'You see how it is,' he said to me, 'where there is no chivalry, there is no amour-propre.'
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "Les domes, sur l'azur des ondes Suivant la phrase au pur contour, S'enflent comme des gorges rondes Que souleve un soupir d'amour.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • We saw young Leviathan amours in the deep.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And how inane was the life he led, lounging about bars and drinking in music halls, wandering from one light amour to another!
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • It is against my vow to love any maiden, otherwise than 'par amours', as I will love thee.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It annoyed him vehemently that people outside his tribe and unaffected by his casual amours should pursue him for the life.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Well, it's hardly a mystery, mon amour, Maman had said.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Jones had mentioned the fact of his amour, and of his being the rival of Blifil, but had cautiously concealed the name of the young lady.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • So he entered, and anon there met with him two brethren, the one hight Sir Plaine de Force, and the other hight Sir Plaine de Amours.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Ten to one that he makes the wench pay for the oath and the gendarme for the amour!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Instead of attacking them, you'd better read Michelet's book, De l'amour.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Her current amour, Billy Nolan, was looking through the latest issue of Popular Mechanics at the magazine rack.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • She was dead, and the note by her white rigid hand said it all: Maintenant nous deux sommes libres, mon amour.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • An amour for him; passion for her.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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