Ambiamorous (adjective) Being open to either monogamous or non-monogamous relationships.
An anchor partner is an emotional support partner with whom you have a strong connection and helps ground and balance you. An anchor partner may or may not be a nesting partner, romantic partner or sexual partner.
Comet (noun) – A regular partner, possibly long-distance, that one connects with infrequently.
We see each other once a year, at the conference. We’ve been doing this for the past 10 years.
Compersion (noun) – The state of being happy for another person’s happiness. Often used to describe being happy at seeing one’s romantic partner experiencing happiness with other partners.
Chris and Dotty are romantic partners. Dotty is also romantically involved with Stan. Chris feels compersion when he sees how happy Dotty is with Stan.
Couple Privilege is the advantage a two person partnership has. It is a priority that is given to a couple over other relationships. Often this is manifested in society when the couple is open to the world about their own relationship, but not other relationships. It is often seen when an invitation is made with a +1 and it is assumed the known partner is will be the +1.
A relationship style which emphasizes frequent interactions between metamours. The term describes the idea that all of the people involved in the poly relationships would be comfortable sitting around the kitchen table, like a family.
Metamorsel (noun) – A metamour you find particularly attractive.
Chris is in a romantic relationship with Diva. Dennis is also in a romantic relationship with Chris. Diva looks like a very hot metamorsel in her purple corset.
Metamour (noun) – Your lover’s lover. In polyamory you may have a romantic relationship with someone who has more than one ongoing romantic relationship. Someone that your romantic partner is in such a relationship with, but you are not, is a Metamour.
Chris is in a romantic relationship with Jenny. Diva is also in a romantic relationship with Chris. Diva and Jenny are just metamours.
A nesting partner is one that you share living space with. This may or may not include: owning property, sharing finances, or raising children. It is possible to have multiple nesting partners, and multiple nests (homes).
New relationship energy (NRE), is a euphoric emotional state associated with the early phase of a romantic relationship.