Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Strongly attracted or disposed to love, especially sexual love.
  • adj. Indicative of love or sexual desire: an amorous glance.
  • adj. Of or associated with love: an amorous poem.
  • adj. Being in love; enamored: He had been amorous of her since the day they met.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inclined to love; having a propensity to love, or to sexual enjoyment; loving; fond; affectionate; as, an amorous disposition.
  • adj. Indicating love or sexual desire.
  • adj. Of or relating to, or produced by, love.
  • adj. Affected with love; in love; enamored.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined to love; having a propensity to love, or to sexual enjoyment; loving; fond; affectionate.
  • adj. Affected with love; in love; enamored; -- usually with of; formerly with on.
  • adj. Of or relating to, or produced by, love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to love; having a propensity to love; sexually attracted; loving; fond: as, an amorous disposition.
  • In love; enamored: usually with of, formerly sometimes with on.
  • Pertaining or relating to love; produced by or indicating love; conveying or breathing love.
  • Synonyms Loving, tender, passionate, ardent, amatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined toward or displaying love
  • adj. expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French amoureus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor, love, from amāre, to love.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(14th century) From Old French amoros, amoreus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor ("love"), related to Latin amāre ("to love"). Compare French amoureux ("in love"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I saw upon this superb and triumphal vehicle a white swan in amorous embrace with Theseus's daughter, an illustrious nymph of unbelievable beauty.

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  • We'll be going down so deep the river's going to weep, and the mountain's going to shout Amen! It's coming like the tidal flood beneath the lunar sway, imperial, mysterious, in amorous array:

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  • Now, the idea of a divorce so easy and wilful as Mr. Shaw proposes arises naturally out of an exclusive consideration of what I may call the amorous sentimentalities of marriage.

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  • [FN#374] Although the Arab's ideal-of beauty, as has been seen and said, corresponds with ours the Egyptians (Modern) the Maroccans and other negrofied races like "walking tun-butts" as Clapperton called his amorous widow.

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  • The vengeful parent is consumed by a kind of amorous hatred of both the former spouse and the once shared, now torn, child.

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  • Little Ed - though sadly, I believe was just a little too happy, and it translated into being "amorous" with the young beauties he spotted.

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  • "Sex Negatives," as they are called, become violently ill if they attempt any kind of amorous contact.

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  • Mr. Bumble, slowly flourishing the teaspoon with a kind of amorous dignity which made him doubly impressive; ‘I would drown it myself, with pleasure.’

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  • It used to be that I didn't think I could go to sleep if I wasn't involved in some kind of amorous contact or another.

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  • Meanwhile, amidst the constant murmurs of the trees, the nephew of Aragon was heard drawing the notes of some kind of amorous despair from the hollow of his melodious calabash.

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  • Even as he obsessively asks himself why he is not loved, the amorous subject lives in the belief that the loved object does love him but does not tell him so.
    -- Roland Barthes

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