ménage à trois

or menage a trois

[ mey-nahzh ah -trwah; French mey-nazh a -trwah ]
/ meɪˈnɑʒ ɑ ˈtrwɑ; French meɪ naʒ a ˈtrwɑ /

noun, plural mé·na·ges à trois [mey-nah-zhiz ah -trwah]. /meɪˈnɑ ʒɪz ɑ ˈtrwɑ/.

a domestic arrangement in which three people, usually a heterosexual couple and one other person, are engaged in a sexual or romantic relationship and occupy the same household.

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Origin of ménage à trois

First recorded in 1860–65; from French: “household of three”

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British Dictionary definitions for ménage à trois

ménage à trois
/ French (menaʒ a trwɑ) /

noun plural ménages à trois (menaʒ a trwɑ)

a sexual arrangement involving a married couple and the lover of one of them

Word Origin for ménage à trois

literally: household of three
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