open marriage


: a marriage in which the partners agree to let each other have sexual partners outside the marriage

Examples of open marriage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pew Research study mentioned above says half of Americans think open marriages are somewhat or completely unacceptable. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 29 Nov. 2023 More alarming are those married couples in her practice who were in open marriages or already having multiple clandestine affairs and now are flouting guidelines by continuing to take new lovers. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 1 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open marriage was in 1971

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“Open marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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