monogyny

[ muh-noj-uh-nee ]
/ məˈnɒdʒ ə ni /

noun

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

QUIZZES

THIS WEEK’S WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ IS POSITIVELY FELICIFIC

Do you study our Words of the Day with great assiduity? See how many you remember from March 30 to April 5!
Question 1 of 7
transliterate

Origin of monogyny

1875–80; mono- + Greek -gynia, equivalent to gyn(ḗ) woman, wife + -ia -y3

OTHER WORDS FROM monogyny

mo·nog·y·nous, mon·o·gyn·ic [mon-uh-jin-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈdʒɪn ɪk/, mon·o·gyn·i·ous, adjectivemo·nog·y·nist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for monogyny

monogyny
/ (mɒˈnɒdʒɪnɪ) /

noun

the custom of having only one female sexual partner over a period of time

Derived forms of monogyny

monogynist, nounmonogynous, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012