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monogamous

[ muh-nog-uh-muhs ]
/ məˈnɒg ə məs /
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adjective
practicing or advocating monogamy.
of or relating to monogamy.

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Origin of monogamous

1760–70; <Late Latin monogamus<Greek monógamos marrying only once. See mono-, -gamous

OTHER WORDS FROM monogamous

mo·nog·a·mous·ly, adverbmo·nog·a·mous·ness, nounnon·mo·nog·a·mous, adjectivenon·mo·nog·a·mous·ly, adverb
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What does monogamous mean?

Monogamous means having only one spouse, one sexual partner, or (in the case of animals) one mate.

Monogamous is used to describe people and animals that practice monogamy or to describe their relationships or practices. The word monogamy most technically refers to the state or practice of being married to only one person at a time. It is also commonly used in a more general way to refer to the state of being in a romantic or sexual relationship with only one person at a time. Less commonly, monogamy can mean the practice of being married only once throughout one’s life.

In the study of animals, monogamy refers to the practice of having only one mate.

A monogamous person can be called a monogamist. The term can also be applied to a person who advocates for monogamy.

Example: Monogamy may be traditional in our modern society, but monogamous relationships haven’t always been the norm in every culture.

Where does monogamous come from?

The first records of the word monogamous come from around 1770. It comes from the Greek monógamos, meaning “marrying only once,” from mono-, “single” or “one,” and -gamy, meaning “marriage.” The same root is used in the words bigamous (being married to two people at the same time) and polygamous (being married to more than one person at a time).

Though it has traditionally been associated with marriage, the term monogamous today is commonly used to describe people who are in a sexual relationship with or date only one person at a time. While monogamy is often seen as a traditional norm of human relationships, especially in Western cultures, not everyone shares this view. The phrase serial monogamy refers to the practice of being married several times in succession, or, more popularly, going from one monogamous long-term relationship to another. A person who does this is sometimes called a serial monogamist. Such terms are often used in a critical way that’s perhaps intended to suggest that monogamy is unnatural or unlikely to lead to fulfillment.

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What are some other forms related to monogamous?

  • monogamously (adverb)
  • monogamousness (noun)
  • nonmonogamous (adjective)
  • monogamy (noun)

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How is monogamous used in real life?

Monogamous is perhaps most popularly used to describe someone who has a sexual relationship with only one person at a time.

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