polyamory

noun
poly·​am·​ory | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈa-mə-rē How to pronounce polyamory (audio) \
plural polyamories

Definition of polyamory

: the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time

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Other Words from polyamory

polyamorist \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​mə-​rist How to pronounce polyamory (audio) \ noun

Examples of polyamory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dobro says that polyamory had prepared her for these awkward conversations around trade-offs. Gregory Barber, Wired, "How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?," 12 Jan. 2021 By the 21st century, polyamory entered the mainstream lexicon and a social narrative emphasizing freedom and unencumbered relationships became firmly established in the collective consciousness. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 Even years after Atlanta's first polyamory conference, acceptance remains an elusive goal. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Polyamorous relationships: When three isn't a crowd," 28 Jan. 2020 Some attendees were single or relatively new to polyamory. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Polyamorous relationships: When three isn't a crowd," 28 Jan. 2020 Hill is a Democrat, which probably explains the recent spate of articles from mainstream publications defending polyamory. John Hirschauer, National Review, "No, Polygamy Is Not a ‘Right’," 29 Oct. 2019 Some people may practice polyamory — having multiple steady partners at once. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, ""Things are opening up": Non-monogamy is more common than you'd think," 27 Oct. 2019 Currentzis plays the title character, Lev Landau, a brilliant scientist with an interest in polyamory. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Teodor Currentzis Brings His Intense Verdi to New York," 18 Nov. 2019 And that doesn’t even get into the polyamory or the BDSM of it all. Kerensa Cadenas, EW.com, "Kate Davies' In at the Deep End tells the truth about coming out later in life," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of polyamory

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polyamory

polyamorous (from poly- + amorous) + -y entry 2

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The first known use of polyamory was in 1992

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Cite this Entry

“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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