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.

1975–80, Americanism; blend of pal and alimony Unabridged
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palimony (ˈpælɪmənɪ)
(US) alimony awarded to a nonmarried partner after the break-up of a long-term relationship
[C20: from a blend of pal + alimony]

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Word Origin & History

1979, coined from pal + (al)imony. Popularized, if not introduced, during lawsuit against U.S. film star Lee Marvin.
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Slang Dictionary

palimony definition

  1. n.
    alimony—living expenses—paid to a common-law wife or to a former girlfriend. : He left her, and she took him to court to try to get him to pay palimony.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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