noun, plural mo·nop·o·lies.
Origin of monopoly
Examples from the Web for monopolies
The Tory government was legally bound to refer the bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.The Murdoch and Thatcher Meetings: What Really Happened|Peter Jukes|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These acquisitions required a reference to the Monopolies Commission.Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB Bid Is His Latest Move for Control|Clive Irving|January 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
American newspapers in most markets are monopolies, which, Evans suggests, takes a bit of fire out of their reporting and writing.
His pitch was to lend to the struggling governments of Europe in exchange for monopolies on the production and sale of matches.
History shows that monopolies, like empires, eventually get into trouble.
All notions of exactions and monopolies, therefore, must be untrue, as applied to those two interests at that day.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper
The prevention of monopolies is of most vital public importance.State of the Union Addresses of Herbert Hoover|Herbert Hoover
We have finally to consider the monopolies carried on directly by the government.
These monopolies are made possible, by the unjust application of a faulty system of taxation.Solaris Farm|Milan C. Edson
In closing our discussion of the monopolies in trade, there is an important point to be noted.
British Dictionary definitions for monopolies (1 of 2)
noun plural -lies
- an enterprise exercising this control
- the product or service so controlled
Word Origin for monopoly
British Dictionary definitions for monopolies (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for monopolies
"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.
Culture definitions for monopolies
The exclusive control by one company of a service or product.