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[pal-uh-moh-nee] /ˈpæl əˌmoʊ ni/
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
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Examples from the web for palimony
  • When they broke up, she filed a palimony suit against him in state court.
  • palimony gives unmarried persons a right to enforce a property division when the relationship dissolves.
British Dictionary definitions for palimony


(US) alimony awarded to a nonmarried partner after the break-up of a long-term relationship
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for palimony



: a much-heralded palimony suit


Money awarded, property shared, etc, when an unmarried couple separate (1979+)

[fr pal plus alimony; coined for or at least popularized by a lawsuit against the film star Lee Marvin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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