poly·​am·​o·​rous ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​mə-​rəs How to pronounce polyamorous (audio)
: involving, having, or characterized by more than one open romantic relationship at a time : marked by polyamory
… Wonder Woman was created by a man who not only believed in the superiority of the fairer sex but also carried on a polyamorous relationship with two feminists who lived with him in one house, along with their children.Melissa Maerz
They are a "polyamorous" family – one whose members are openly committed to several loves at the same time.Annalee Newitz
… many polyamorous relationships are exclusive families whose composition may not change for decades, if ever.Elizabeth Larsen

Examples of polyamorous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't blame Rafe Lee Judkins and Amazon for sexing the show up, blame Robert Jordan for creating a world where like a third of the characters are polyamorous magicians. Andrew Cunningham & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 1 Sep. 2023 The crypto world’s eyes in the coming month are likely to be trained on the New York courtroom, and lurid accounts of polyamorous relationships, political donations, and celebrity endorsements. WIRED, 29 Sep. 2023 After a few drinks, Che describes having briefly been in a polyamorous relationship with their ex-husband Lyle—a Malibu mixologist who is also attending this makeshift housewarming, for some reason—and a girlfriend. Louis Staples, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 July 2023 These terms are synonymous and ways to describe polyamorous relationships. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 26 June 2023 Or is this coming from a true desire to build a polyamorous community in Austin? refinery29.com, 4 Nov. 2022 Remember that polyamorous people don't want to erase monogamy. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 26 June 2023 Now, to break this down a bit: A polyamorous relationship structure typically means that participants are involved in two or more committed relationships. Megan Schaltegger, Women's Health, 9 Feb. 2023 One in nine have already had polyamorous relationships. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History


poly- + amorous

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyamorous was in 1969

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“Polyamorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamorous. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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