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Encyclopedia > Ménage à trois

A ménage à trois (also sometimes known as a trio, threesome, or three-way) is a sexual relationship involving three people. The French phrase literally translates as "household of three". There are a number of possible combinations of sexes and sexual interactions of the sexual partners. Sometimes, the sexual attraction is mainly between one of the three and the other two and less between these other two; this may for example apply in the case of three heterosexuals. As the number of people involved goes beyond three, the terms ménage à quatre and so on can be used. Generally speaking, a trio or threesome is a group of three. ... An intimate relationship is a interpersonal relationship where there is a great deal of physical or emotional intimacy. ... Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ...


A ménage à trois should not be confused with a love triangle, which refers to an unsatisfactory romantic relationship involving three people. A love triangle refers to a romantic relationship involving three people. ... Romantic love is a form of love that is often regarded as different from simply sexual love, or lust. ...


Troilism is the name for the paraphilia relating to three-party sex. Paraphilia (in Greek para παρά = besides and -philia φιλία = love) is a mental health term recently used to indicate sexual arousal in response to sexual objects or situations which may interfere with the capacity for reciprocal affectionate sexual activity. ...


As of 2003, there is no country allowing both same-sex marriage and polygamy; therefore, if three people have a marital bond, this consists of two heterosexual marriages: of one person with two persons of the opposite sex. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage, marriage equality, and often just marriage by its proponents, and—usually by its opponents—homosexual marriage) refers to a marriage between two individuals of the same gender (for other forms of same-sex unions distinct from marriage, see the articles linked in that... Polygamy, literally many marriages in ancient Greek, is a marital practice in which a person has more than one spouse simultaneously (as opposed to monogamy where each person has a maximum of one spouse at any one time). ... Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


Famous ménages à trois in movies and television series: Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...

  • The film Threesome (1994) is about a love triangle of three college roomates, two men and a woman. The premise of the film is mostly a male heterosexual fantansy but their is a undeveloped bisexuality in the film as both of the male roomates may be repressing some homosexual desires.
  • The anime has a three-part OAV series on DVD called "Ménage À Trois". It also features threesome and other group sex.
  • Seinfeld: An episode was aired in which George encourages Jerry to participate in a threesome.

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Further reading

  • Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, Letha Hadady. Three in Love: Ménages à trois from Ancient to Modern Times. ISBN 0595008070

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