Share this entry
adultery Syllabification: a·dul·ter·y
Pronunciation: /əˈdəlt(ə)rē/

Definition of adultery in English:


Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse: she was committing adultery with a much younger man
More example sentences
  • You could hook up with someone else, but that would be adultery and adultery is wrong.
  • The marriage has to be consummated before an extramarital affair becomes adultery.
  • However, it has been held that the petitioner need not find it intolerable to live with the respondent because of his adultery.
informal carrying-on, hanky-panky, two-timing, a bit on the side, fooling around, playing around, dirty weekend


Late 15th century: from the obsolete noun adulter, from Latin adulter 'adulterer', replacing an earlier form avoutrie, from Old French avouterie, likewise based on Latin adulter.

Definition of adultery in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words