polyamory

noun
poly·​am·​ory | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈa-mə-rē \
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 \ noun
polyamorous \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​mə-​rəs , -​ˈam-​rəs \ adjective

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Or that Audience Network has a comedy about polyamory that’s going into its fourth season? Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This is another scenario Powell, who specializes in LGBTQ+ communities along with kink and polyamory, sees quite often. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 Humans also are known to practice polyamory — being in romantic relationships with more than one person at a time. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Researchers Discover First Known Polyamorous Owl Family," 4 May 2018 That, of course, includes things like polyamory, open relationships, and swinging. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "15 People Reveal What It's *Really* Like to Be In An Open Marriage," 22 Mar. 2017 Read up on polyamory, hunt for a like-minded partner and be honest about your desires. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "5 resolutions to get you a better relationship in 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 But this arrangement was less polyamory than low self-esteem; Brown wanted to settle down with a life partner, but she was chronically attracted to unavailable people who suspiciously resembled her distant and critical parents. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "The wild, jubilant life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon.," 12 Jan. 2017 But as with most things—veganism, crossfit, polyamory, meditation, craft beer drinking—sous vide ownership is totally fine in a vacuum and only becomes obnoxious when performed and publicized. Marian Bull, GQ, "The Best Way to Sous Vide Is to Shut Up About It," 17 Oct. 2017 But this arrangement was less polyamory than low self-esteem Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "The wild, jubilant life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon.," 12 Jan. 2017

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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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