Italian Word of the Day: Innamorato (in love / enamored)

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we want to share an Italian term that describes someone deeply in love: innamorato.

/in·na·mo·rà·to/ – [innamoˈrato]
Italian word 'innamorato'

It derives from the verbs innamorare (to enchant / make people fall in love with you) and innamorarsi (to fall in love), which in turn are derivatives of the noun amore (love) with the prefix in-.

Innamorato is an adjective, which means that its form changes depending on the subject in question. If you are talking about a man in love, you need to use the masculine form innamorato, while the feminine equivalent is innamorata. Their respective plural forms are innamorati and innamorate. It usually appears in the company of the preposition di (of).

Sono innamorate = They are in love

In informal Italian, you might see innamorato followed by the word pazzo (crazy), which is simply an idiomatic way of saying that someone is madly in love or smitten. Alternatively you can use the adjective cotto (cooked) or perso (lost) instead of pazzo.

Though frequently associated with individuals, innamorato can also depict a sentiment directed towards objects. In this case, some possible translations include passionate, very fond of, crazy about, or simply to love.

Atrani, Italy along the Amalfi Coast at dusk.

Innamorato can also function as a noun with the meaning of lover or lovebird. For example, i due innamorati could be translated as the two lovers/lovebirds.

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