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.
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 forms of monogamy

monogamous, adjectivemonogamously, adverbmonogamousness, noun

Word Origin for monogamy

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

Other words from monogamy

mo•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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