pal·i·mo·ny | \ˈpa-lə-ˌmō-nē \

Definition of palimony 

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

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On Valentine’s Day, Griffin was sued for palimony by his former girlfriend Brynn Cameron — and Jenner was named in the lawsuit. Natalie Stone,, "Kendall Jenner & Blake Griffin: Everything We Know About Their Super-Private Relationship," 16 Mar. 2018 King was later outed by Barnett in a palimony suit and lost thousands of dollars in endorsements overnight. USA TODAY, "Billie Jean King's early epiphany led to social activism," 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, "Engaged Tennis Players Prefer to Be on the Same Side of the Net," 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, "‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: With Ace Actors, but Not Without Its Faults," 21 Sep. 2017 Holland is seeking about half of Sumner Redstone’s liquid assets as palimony, or about 1 to 2 percent of his $5 billion estate, according to her attorney, Mark Holscher. Christopher Palmeri,, "Redstone Faces Ex-Girlfriend's Palimony Demand," 12 June 2017

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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

blend of pal and alimony

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English Language Learners Definition of palimony

: money that a court orders one person to pay to his or her former partner after they have stopped living together


pal·i·mo·ny | \ˈpa-lə-ˌmō-nē \

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

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