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

Examples of polyamory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While in conversation with her mom and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Smith, 20, explained the appeal of polyamory—a non-monogamous type of relationship that involves more than one partner. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Willow Smith Says She Is Polyamorous—What Does That Mean?," 29 Apr. 2021 In the row behind her, a friend from Burning Man—a woman with a soft corner for polyamory, MDMA, and electro-funk—clutched a faux-fur wrap. Mira Sethi, Vogue, "A Pandemic, a Marriage, and a Life on Two Continents," 15 Apr. 2021 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

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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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12 May 2021

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“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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