1. a woman who loves or is loved; female sweetheart or lover.
1645-1655; Inamorata comes from Italian innamorata, feminine of innamorato, from the past participle of innamorare, “to inspire with love,” from in- (from Latin) + amore, “love” (from Latin amor, from amare, “to love”). A man with whom one is in love is an inamorato.
“There are cynical experts on romanticism who counsel one to switch from oneyoung inamorata to another in the nick of time.”
- Paul West, Life With Swan