Definition of polyamory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɒliˈam(ə)ri/


[mass noun]
The practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved.
Example sentences
  • People who practice polyamory are entitled to the same respect as those who are monogamists.
  • Just as with sexual orientation, polyamory is a way of life that you cannot easily deny if it is meant for you.
  • Swinging, bisexuality, homosexuality, polyamory, etc, are all ‘alternative lifestyles’.



Pronunciation: /ˌpɒliˈam(ə)rɪst/
Example sentences
  • It talks about polyamory - I think I'm going to be a polyamorist now.
  • But a well-adjusted polyamorist is too controversial a figure, so the movie quickly takes action to drag the lovable anti-hero down.
  • So, it was with some admiration that I spoke to Leanne Cusitar, an avowed polyamorist for the last six years.


Pronunciation: /ˌpɒliˈam(ə)rəs/
Example sentences
  • Just under 1% of all survey takers reported being in a polyamorous relationship - with two or more committed partners.
  • Neither a wholehearted endorsement of polyamorous bisexuality - which Kinsey engaged in - nor a testament to monogamy, the film is primarily about love.
  • In polyamorous relationships and families, various arrangements of consenting adult men and women choose to love and support each other emotionally, spiritually, physically, and often financially.


1990s: from poly- 'many' + Latin amor 'love'.

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