monopoly

[ muh-nop-uh-lee ]
/ məˈnɒp ə li /

noun, plural mo·nop·o·lies.

Origin of monopoly

1525–35; < Latin monopōlium < Greek monopṓlion right of exclusive sale, equivalent to mono- mono- + pōl(eîn) to sell + -ion noun suffix
Related formsmo·nop·o·loid, adjectivean·ti·mo·nop·o·ly, adjectivepre·mo·nop·o·ly, noun, plural pre·mo·nop·o·lies, adjectivepro·mo·nop·o·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for monopolies (1 of 2)

monopoly

/ (məˈnɒpəlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

exclusive control of the market supply of a product or service
  1. an enterprise exercising this control
  2. the product or service so controlled
law the exclusive right or privilege granted to a person, company, etc, by the state to purchase, manufacture, use, or sell some commodity or to carry on trade in a specified country or area
exclusive control, possession, or use of something
Derived Formsmonopolism, nounmonopolist, nounmonopolistic, adjectivemonopolistically, adverb

Word Origin for monopoly

C16: from Late Latin, from Greek monopōlion, from mono- + pōlein to sell

British Dictionary definitions for monopolies (2 of 2)

Monopoly

/ (məˈnɒpəlɪ) /

noun

trademark a board game for two to six players who throw dice to advance their tokens around a board, the object being to acquire the property on which their tokens land
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Word Origin and History for monopolies

monopoly


n.

"exclusive control of a commodity or trade," 1530s, from Latin monopolium, from Greek monopolion "right of exclusive sale," from mono- + polein "to sell," from PIE root *pel- (5) "to sell" (cf. Sanskrit panate "barters, purchases," Lithuanian pelnas "gain," Old Church Slavonic splenu, Russian polon "prey, booty," Old Norse falr, Dutch veil, German feil "for sale, venal").

Alternative form monopole (1540s, from the Old French form of the word) was common in 16c. The popular board game, invented by Charles Darrow, is from 1935. Monopoly money "unreal currency" is attested from 1972, in reference to the paper used in the game.

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Culture definitions for monopolies

monopoly


The exclusive control by one company of a service or product.

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