from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An allowance for support made under court order and given usually by one person to his or her former lover or live-in companion after they have separated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of alimony paid to a former partner in a nonmarital relationship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a form of alimony paid to a former partner in a romantic relationship after a period of living together, even though the two persons involved were not married to each other. The absence of a formal marriage distinguishes it from alimony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. support paid by one half of an unmarried partnership after the relationship ends


Blend of pal and alimony.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of pal ("a close friend") and alimony ("support payment from one former spouse to another after a divorce"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Long time celebrity lawyer who really got famous in 1976 with the "palimony" case involving the late Lee Marvin.

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  • He's a longtime celebrity lawyer and he invented the term "palimony" with that famous lawsuit involving Lee Marvin.

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  • She and Cohen had had a brief affair in 1990, but Cohen now was offering her 50\% of his "community property" as well as "palimony" through lawyer Robert Kory at a meeting attended by Lynch's legal representatives and her accountant, Dale Burgess.


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  • While expressly disclaiming a "palimony" theory, the plaintiff sued to recover her interest in the defendant's enterprises under theories of express and implied partnership and quasi-contract.

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