nage à trois


mé·​nage à trois mā-ˈnäzh-ä-ˈt(r)wä How to pronounce ménage à trois (audio)
: 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
: a sexual encounter involving three people : threesome

Examples of ménage à trois in a Sentence

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Word History


French, literally, household for three

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ménage à trois was in 1856

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“Ménage à trois.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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