monopoly

[ muh-nop-uh-lee ]
/ məˈnɒp ə li /

noun, plural mo·nop·o·lies.

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Origin of monopoly

1525–35; < Latin monopōlium < Greek monopṓlion right of exclusive sale, equivalent to mono- mono- + pōl(eîn) to sell + -ion noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM monopoly

mo·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 monopoly (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 forms of monopoly

monopolism, nounmonopolist, nounmonopolistic, adjectivemonopolistically, adverb

Word Origin for monopoly

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

British Dictionary definitions for monopoly (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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Cultural definitions for monopoly

monopoly

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

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