palimony

noun
pal·​i·​mo·​ny | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce palimony (audio) \

Definition of palimony

: a court-ordered allowance paid by one member of a couple formerly living together out of wedlock to the other

Examples of palimony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web King was outed in a palimony suit filed by her onetime secretary in April 1981. New York Times, 2 June 2022 The tour was managing a recent controversy with Billie Jean King, who had been sued for palimony by a former girlfriend. New York Times, 6 June 2021 If brothers could divorce, Aidan would file for palimony. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, 22 Sep. 2020 In February 2018, Jenner was named in a palimony suit filed against Griffin by his ex-fiancee, Brynn Cameron, who accused Jenner of a being a home wrecker and the reason that Griffin left her and their two young children. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 16 July 2019 On Valentine’s Day, Griffin was sued for palimony by his former girlfriend Brynn Cameron — and Jenner was named in the lawsuit. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, 16 Mar. 2018 King was later outed by Barnett in a palimony suit and lost thousands of dollars in endorsements overnight. USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2017 In addition to the film’s focus on King’s titular match against Bobby Riggs, the film also depicts her affair with Marilyn Barnett, who later outed King in a 1981 palimony suit, which drove away sponsors of women’s tennis. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2017 The pair’s future palimony suit goes unmentioned for obvious dramatic reasons, including the fact that Ms. King would end up losing all her endorsements and incurring huge legal costs at the time her sexuality actually went public. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of palimony

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palimony

blend of pal and alimony

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11 Jun 2022

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“Palimony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palimony. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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palimony

noun
pal·​i·​mo·​ny | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce palimony (audio) \

Legal Definition of palimony

: a court-ordered allowance paid by one member of a couple formerly living together out of wedlock to the other not used technically

History and Etymology for palimony

blend of pal and alimony

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