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

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 Without compromise, consent, and open conversations about how to make these relationships work, there is no polyamory. Gabrielle Smith, Glamour, 16 May 2022 Indeed, Alectra says that far from being a red flag, Massaro’s polyamory was one of the most compelling things about him. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 When non-monogamy works for people, all of this work is worth it, but in the process of normalizing non-monogamous relationships, portrayals of polyamory often gloss over all of this work. Quinn Rhodes, refinery29.com, 8 Nov. 2021 For them, the appeal of polyamory is the freedom to love and experience others outside the traditional boundaries of monogamy. Matt Didisheim, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 With an increased awareness of non-monogamous relationship structures, the myth that polyamory is a ‘fix’ for a broken relationship is also gaining momentum. Quinn Rhodes, refinery29.com, 8 Nov. 2021 Together, the cast tackled topics like postpartum depression, bi-phobia, the gig economy, fractured friendships and the downsides of polyamory with humor and charm. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 21 Oct. 2021 Can a teenage boy accept polyamory as the norm for his dating life? Rashad Grove, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 But polyamorous relationships do happen; Willow Smith even recently shared about her own polyamory on Red Table Talk. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 27 May 2021 See More

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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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11 Jul 2022

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“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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