1. the practice or condition of having only one wife at a time.
  2. (of a male animal) the condition of having one mate at a time.
  3. (in social insects) the condition of having one functioning queen in a colony.
  4. Botany. the condition of having one pistil.

Origin of monogyny

1875–80; mono- + Greek -gynia, equivalent to gyn(ḗ) woman, wife + -ia -y3
Related formsmo·nog·y·nous, mon·o·gyn·ic [mon-uh-jin-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈdʒɪn ɪk/, mon·o·gyn·i·ous, adjectivemo·nog·y·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for monogyny


  1. the custom of having only one female sexual partner over a period of time
Derived Formsmonogynist, nounmonogynous, adjective
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