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 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 Here' what polyamory is all about, and why people are identifying as polyamorous. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 29 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2021 Dobro says that polyamory had prepared her for these awkward conversations around trade-offs. Gregory Barber, Wired, 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, 21 Dec. 2019 Even years after Atlanta's first polyamory conference, acceptance remains an elusive goal. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, 28 Jan. 2020

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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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3 Oct 2021

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“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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