[muh-nog-uh-muh s]


practicing or advocating monogamy.
of or relating to monogamy.

Also monogamic.

Origin of monogamous

1760–70; < Late Latin monogamus < Greek monógamos marrying only once. See mono-, -gamous
Related formsmo·nog·a·mous·ly, adverbmo·nog·a·mous·ness, nounnon·mo·nog·a·mous, adjectivenon·mo·nog·a·mous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-monogamous

Contemporary Examples of non-monogamous

  • Chief among these: the non-monogamous birdies wind up with more grand-birds (a sign of reproductive success).

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    Does Your Sex Number Matter?

    Debby Herbenick PhD

    September 30, 2011

Historical Examples of non-monogamous

Word Origin and History for non-monogamous



"having but one wife or husband at a time," 1770, from Medieval Latin monogamus, from Greek monogamos "marrying only once" (see monogamy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper