monogamy

[ muh-nog-uh-mee ]
/ məˈnɒg ə mi /

noun

marriage with only one person at a time.Compare bigamy, polygamy.
Zoology. the practice of having only one mate.
the practice of marrying only once during life.

Nearby words

  1. monofilament,
  2. monogametic,
  3. monogamic,
  4. monogamist,
  5. monogamous,
  6. monogenean,
  7. monogenesis,
  8. monogenetic,
  9. monogenic,
  10. monogenism

Compare digamy.

Origin of monogamy

1605–15; < Late Latin monogamia < Greek monogamía. See mono-, -gamy

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British Dictionary definitions for monogamy

monogamy

/ (mɒˈnɒɡəmɪ) /

noun

the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of timeCompare bigamy, polygamy (def. 1), digamy
zoology the practice of having only one mate
Derived Formsmonogamous, adjectivemonogamously, adverbmonogamousness, noun

Word Origin for monogamy

C17: via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy

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Word Origin and History for monogamy

monogamy

n.

1610s, from French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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Medicine definitions for monogamy

monogamy

[ mə-nŏgə-mē ]

n.

The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.
The condition of having only one mate.
Related formsmo•noga•mous adj.


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Culture definitions for monogamy

monogamy

[ (muh-nog-uh-mee) ]

A form of marriage in which one man is united with one woman. (Compare polyandry and polygamy.)

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