Meaning of ménage à trois in English:

ménage à trois

Pronunciation /meɪˌnɑːʒ ɑː ˈtrwʌ/

nounplural noun ménages à trois/meɪˌnɑːʒ ɑː ˈtrwʌ/

  • An arrangement in which a married couple and the lover of one of them live together.

    ‘The fact is, the true open relationship - with its highly progressive blend of ménage à trois and solo expeditions under strict, mutually enforced ground rules - has so many dysfunctional imitators.’
    • ‘But I do think it is clear that Anna and Caren did not consummate a sexual relationship, nor did Anna, Caren, and Caren's boyfriend engage in a ménage à trois, although I haven't touched on that issue.’
    • ‘Cunningham also wrote The Hours, and this is an equally complex and involving dissection of three characters unexpectedly joined together in a Jules et Jim-style ménage à trois.’
    • ‘Was a ménage à trois how I wanted to live and love?’
    • ‘The ménage à trois into which Hector, Koresz and Janet had happily settled, within a few months after the crash, was a logical enough arrangement under the circumstances.’
    • ‘In King's story, the prisoners are watching Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, a classic, yes, but Ray Milland's love affair with Johnny Walker is a far cry from the ménage à trois at the center of Gilda.’
    • ‘You'll never convince me there's anything good about ménage à trois, so you might as well stop trying.’
    • ‘He allowed the hero to appropriate Emma, and by taking Nelson into his home and so entering into a ménage à trois, he helped them to escape scandalous exposure.’
    • ‘Above all, there is Dorelia, the impressionable, wide-eyed art student whom he painted more than anyone, and whom he introduced into his marriage with Ida to form a toe-curlingly uncomfortable ménage à trois.’
    • ‘Noël Coward's Design for Living is a play about the convoluted way in which two men and a woman, each loving and betraying the other two, fumble their way through to a happy ménage à trois.’
    • ‘He plays the head of an escort agency that recruits financially desperate author Andy Garcia, who becomes involved in a ménage à trois with terminally ill James Coburn and wife Olivia Williams.’
    • ‘A prime example is the ménage à trois artfully studied in The Beach, a novel otherwise portraying a small crowd of friends who have gathered at the same summer resort.’
    • ‘A masterpiece of the French New Wave, this sensuous, enigmatic film spans 30 years of friendship and love in a doomed ménage à trois.’
    • ‘A close neighbour in the Hollywood Hills, he spent so much time at her house, refereeing quarrels as her second marriage deteriorated, that some suspected a ménage à trois.’
    • ‘Scholars, such as Louise Rosenblatt, argue that reading is a ménage à trois among author, text and reader.’
    • ‘He lives with them, in his shabby quarters, in a lopsided ménage à trois.’
    • ‘In this dance, the now pathetically pursuing Marie joins in with unintended overtones of a ménage à trois.’
    • ‘Worse, a couple of months ago, he asked if I had ever been part of a ménage à trois, and I told him that I had.’
    • ‘Cahill had spent much of his time with Tina Lawless and their four children in an open ménage à trois at Swan Grove.’
    • ‘The tragi-comic ménage à trois that resulted is the main story of Garnett's book.’


French, ‘household of three’.