poly·​am·​ory ˌpä-lē-ˈa-mə-rē How to pronounce polyamory (audio)
plural polyamories
: the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time
polyamorist noun

Examples of polyamory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the ladies discussed polyamory during last month's episode of The View, Goldberg encouraged her fellow moderators to be more open-minded towards the thought of ethical non-monogamy. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Jessica Fern, a psychotherapist who counsels people in open relationships, said Winter’s account adds a new layer to the growing catalog of nonfiction about polyamory. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Ditto a passing reference to polyamory — a concept our heroine frowns upon, of course. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 Extend this into polyamory, and the thinking is similar: Each state, each relationship, brings something different. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 18 July 2023 Since the genre has yet to accept polyamory as a viable solution, we’re supposed to do the choosing for her, guiding her to ultimate happiness. Courtney Howard, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 Caroline opened up about her own sexuality and path to polyamory in another Vanity Fair essay, published in March 2021. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 Yet unless clear rules and parameters are set to ensure that all parties are treated equally and fairly — which in itself seems counterintuitive to the wider principles of polyamory in wanting to live and love with fewer rules — some participants will always be left wanting. Anonymous, refinery29.com, 13 July 2023 The Spare Room takes some cues from the classic gothic novel structure, updating it with plot points involving polyamory and influencer culture. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polyamory was in 1992

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“Polyamory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamory. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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