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Dictionary Definition

paramour

Noun

1 a woman's lover [syn: fancy man]
2 a woman who cohabits with an important man [syn: concubine, courtesan, doxy, odalisque]

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English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman, par amour (with love).

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˈpær.ə.mʊə/, /"p

Extensive Definition

An intimate relationship is a particularly close interpersonal relationship. It is a relationship in which the participants know or trust one another very well or are confidants of one another, or a relationship in which there is physical or emotional intimacy.
Physical intimacy is characterized by romantic or passionate love and attachment, or sexual activity.

Physical and emotional intimacy

Love is an important factor in physical and emotional intimate relationships. Though the term is notoriously difficult to define, any thoughtful inquiry into the subject will show it to be qualitatively, not only quantitatively, different than liking, and the difference is not merely in the presence or absence of sexual attraction. According to one analysis, love in relationships is divided into two types: passionate and companionate. Passionate love is intense longing, and is often accompanied by physiological arousal (shortness of breath, rapid heart rate). Companionate love is affection and a feeling of intimacy and is not necessarily accompanied by physiological arousal.
People that are in an intimate relationship with one another are often called a couple, especially if the members of that couple have ascribed some degree of permanency to their relationship. Such couples often provide the emotional security that is necessary for them to accomplish other tasks, particularly forms of labor/work. A popular American phrase states: "Couples that work together, lurk together."
paramour in Danish: Parforhold
paramour in Estonian: Seksuaalsuhe
paramour in Hebrew: זוגיות
paramour in Japanese: カップル
paramour in Norwegian: Samliv
paramour in Norwegian Nynorsk: Samliv
paramour in Simple English: Intimate relationship
paramour in Finnish: Parisuhde
paramour in Swedish: Samlevnad

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Casanova, admirer, adorer, amorist, concubine, doxy, follower, infatuate, kept mistress, kept woman, lover, mistress, playmate, pursuer, suitor, unofficial wife, woman, wooer
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