open marriage


Definition of open marriage

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "No sex, please, we're in a pandemic: Who can be intimate, who shouldn't while in coronavirus quarantine," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of open marriage

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Open marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of open marriage

: a marriage in which both people agree to allow each other to have sex with other people

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