[pos-uh l-kyoo]

noun, plural POSSLQs, POSSLQ's.

either of two persons, one of each sex, who share living quarters but are not related by blood, marriage, or adoption: a categorization used by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Origin of POSSLQ

p(erson of the) o(pposite) s(ex) s(haring) l(iving) q(uarters)

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Word Origin and History for posslq


1979, acronym from person of opposite sex sharing living quarters; it never was an official category.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper