ex·​tra·​mar·​i·​tal | \ ˌek-strə-ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce extramarital (audio) , -ˈma-rə- \

Definition of extramarital

: of, relating to, or being sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse : adulterous an extramarital affair

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she had several extramarital affairs with coworkers
Recent Examples on the Web The influential ex-mayor played roles in the early political careers of both Newsom and Harris, and openly discussed a past extramarital relationship with Harris. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Latino, Black leaders demand Newsom choose woman of color for Senate seat," 24 Nov. 2020 Cunningham admitted to a recent extramarital relationship with a public relations consultant. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "North Carolina Sen. Tillis reelected, keeps seat for GOP," 11 Nov. 2020 Cunningham admitted to a recent extramarital relationship with a public relations consultant. Arkansas Online, "Cunningham concedes to Tillis in N.C. Senate race," 10 Nov. 2020 Two of my ex-wives were having extramarital affairs, and the divorces were quite nasty. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Want a commitment? Ask for it," 9 Dec. 2020 Unsurprisingly, Diana and Charles's alleged extramarital affairs also get some attention, even if those relationships aren't fully fleshed out on-screen. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Had Publicly Addressed Her Affair with Major James Hewitt," 30 Nov. 2020 The only thing that might save Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, GOP insiders say, is that Cunningham is now facing questions about possibly multiple extramarital affairs. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "GOP Senate majority at risk after monster fundraising quarter by Democrats," 6 Oct. 2020 In fact, a 2014 survey found Americans would be more willing to vote for a presidential candidate who had never held office before, or who had extramarital affairs, than for an atheist. Phil Zuckerman, The Conversation, "Why is it so hard for atheists to get voted in to Congress?," 5 Oct. 2020 Cunningham's bid for U.S. Senate was derailed in the campaign's final weeks by his acknowledgement of a recent extramarital affair. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "N. Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson enters US Senate race," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of extramarital

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Extramarital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extramarital. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extramarital

: happening outside of a marriage

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