nage à trois

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, 1 Jan. 2021 Brian and Matt are involved in a menage a trois with a personal trainer named (wait for it) Steve. Don Aucoin,, 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, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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