ménage à trois

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Borrowing from French ménage à trois ‎(household of three).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmɛɪnɑːʒ ɑː ˈt(ɹ)wɑː/, /ˌmɛnɑːʒ ɑː ˈt(ɹ)wɑː/, /məˌnɑːʒ ɑː ˈt(ɹ)wɑː/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː


ménage à trois ‎(plural ménages à trois)

  1. A household or relationship whereby three people live together as lovers.
    • 1856, Richard F. Burton, First Footsteps in East Africa, Könemann 2000, p. 105:
      Old men frequently marry young girls, but then the portion is high and the ménage à trois common.
    • 2001, Sheila Isenberg, A Hero of Our Own, p. 134:
      For a while, he lived in a ménage à trois with the poet Paul Eluard and his wife, Gala Diakonova (who would later marry Salvador Dali).
    • 2006, Gene Lees, Portrait of Johnny, p. 56:
      I'm not a prude and I wasn't a prude then, but I couldn't see living in a ménage à trois unless the third member were a girl.
  2. A sexual act or experience involving three people; a threesome.
    • 1996, Cyrinda Foxe, in McNeil & McCain, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, p. 134:
      David and Angela and I had a ménage à trois for about five minutes, but then I made her leave because David and I were gonna play.
    • 1999, John Cloud, ‘Henry & Mary & Janet &...’, Time, 15 Nov 1999:
      No, the two guys don't go for each other; the triad tried a ménage à trois once but stopped because Chris thought it was icky.

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ménage à trois m ‎(plural ménages à trois)

  1. ménage à trois; threesome



Borrowing from French


ménage à trois f or m (in variation) (plural ménages à trois)

  1. threesome (a sexual activity involving three people)