What Does ENTANGLEMENT Mean in a Text?

ENTANGLEMENT means "Complicated Romantic Relationship."

The word ENTANGLEMENT is often used euphemistically to refer to an extramarital affair or any other sort of relationship that involves cheating on a romantic partner. For example:
  • Toni: Didn't Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy have an affair?
  • Jo: You can't say that! They may have had an ENTANGLEMENT.
  • Toni: Why an ENTANGLEMENT? Did he get caught up in her underwear?
  • Ali: Are you seeing Sam behind my back?
  • Les: I'm so sorry. It's just an ENTANGLEMENT.
  • Ali: Well, untangle yourself and pack your bags. You're dumped.
The term ENTANGLEMENT in this context was popularized by the the much publicized break-up between actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, when Jada publicly admitted to an ENTANGLEMENT with rapper August Alsina.

Jada Pinkett Smith Admits to an Entanglement with August Alsina


When I write ENTANGLEMENT, I mean this:


Will Smith suffered as a result of Jada Pinkett Smith's "entanglement."

Summary of Key Points

"Complicated Romantic Relationship" is the most common definition for ENTANGLEMENT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Complicated Romantic Relationship
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

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An Academic Look at ENTANGLEMENT

When used to refer to a complicated romantic relationship, ENTANGLEMENT is a euphemism, i.e., an agreeable or inoffensive word used to replace a rude or offensive one.

Euphemisms are a type of figurative language, typically used to lessen the impact of bad news or to make discussions around difficult topics easier. They are often used in politics, business, and uncomfortable discussions (e.g., discussions about death, sex, and (of course) relationships).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of words such as ENTANGLEMENT to describe a complicated romantic relationship long pre-date the digital era

Example of ENTANGLEMENT Used in a Text

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