noun, plural mo·nop·o·lies.
Origin of monopoly
Examples from the Web for monopoly
Mattson says the government bogarts this stuff, gathered at taxpayer expense, and maintains “a monopoly on the data.”
Ma wrote online, “Let the users decide who wins the game, not monopoly and power.”
These cases are part of the monopoly moment that we are in right now.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again|Zephyr Teachout|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For nearly two thousand years, religious groups have held a monopoly on how to teach morals to young children.
Ken Burns practically has a monopoly on televised public history and especially the history broadcast by PBS.
Fashion has made Jezebel surrender her monopoly of the rouge-pot.The Works of Max Beerbohm|Max Beerbohm
Powerful as the International is, it is still far from the place where business is one long sweet dream of monopoly.The Romance of the Reaper|Herbert Newton Casson
Still, you see, our isolated position gives us a monopoly, and we're small enough to take a personal interest in our older hands.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
The detailed conditions of this monopoly were never made public.Due South or Cuba Past and Present|Maturin M. Ballou
There is the usual continental bother in obtaining post-horses, which results from their being a monopoly of government.Gatherings From Spain|Richard Ford
British Dictionary definitions for monopoly (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 monopoly (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for monopoly
"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 monopoly
The exclusive control by one company of a service or product.