ménage à trois

noun
mé·​nage à trois | \ mā-ˈnäzh-ä-ˈt(r)wä How to pronounce ménage à trois (audio) , mə- \

Definition of ménage à trois

1 : an arrangement in which three people (such as a married couple and a lover of one member of the couple) have a sexual or romantic relationship especially while they are living together
2 : a sexual encounter involving three people : threesome

Examples of ménage à trois in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our final lip sync of the night is a menage a trois. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pair of Queens," 1 Jan. 2021 Brian and Matt are involved in a menage a trois with a personal trainer named (wait for it) Steve. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s in a name? With ‘Steve,’ it’s heart and wit," 16 Mar. 2018 Fergus makes like an expert wingman and hooks Ian and Brighid up but first Fergus discloses that his first time was a menage a trois. Roxane Gay, Glamour, "'Outlander' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: A Fight, a Fire, and a Bombshell Revelation About Jamie," 29 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ménage à trois

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ménage à trois

French, literally, household for three

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“Ménage à trois.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9nage%20%C3%A0%20trois. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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ménage à trois

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ménage à trois

: an arrangement in which three people have sex with each other especially while living together

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