ménage à trois

[mey-nahzh ah trwah; French mey-nazh a trwah]

noun

a domestic arrangement in which three people having sexual relations occupy the same household.

Nearby words

  1. méhul, étienne nicolas,
  2. méjico,
  3. mélange,
  4. méliès,
  5. ménage,
  6. ménière's disease,
  7. ménière's syndrome,
  8. ménétrièr's disease,
  9. mérida,
  10. méridienne

Origin of ménage à trois

< French: household of three

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British Dictionary definitions for menage a trois

ménage à trois

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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Word Origin and History for menage a trois

menage a trois

n.

1891, see menage.

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