1. a form of alimony awarded to one of the partners in a romantic relationship after the breakup of that relationship following a long period of living together.

Origin of palimony

1975–80, Americanism; blend of pal and alimony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for palimony


  1. US alimony awarded to a nonmarried partner after the break-up of a long-term relationship

Word Origin for palimony

C20: from a blend of pal + alimony
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Word Origin and History for palimony

1979, coined from pal (n.) + alimony. Popularized, if not introduced, during lawsuit against U.S. film star Lee Marvin (1924-1987).

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