Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

monogamy

play
noun mo·nog·a·my \-mē\

Simple Definition of monogamy

  • : the state or practice of being married to only one person at a time

  • : the state or practice of having only one sexual partner during a period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of monogamy

  1. 1 archaic :  the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime

  2. 2 :  the state or custom of being married to one person at a time

  3. 3 :  the condition or practice of having a single mate during a period of time

monogamous

play \mə-ˈnä-gə-məs\ also

monogamic

play \ˌmä-nə-ˈga-mik\ adjective

monogamously

adverb

Examples of monogamy in a sentence

  1. young couples who practice monogamy

  2. Monogamy is common among birds.



Origin and Etymology of monogamy

French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek, from monogamos monogamous, from mon- + gamos marriage, from gamein to marry


First Known Use: 1612


Medical Dictionary

monogamy

play
noun mo·nog·a·my \-mē\

Medical Definition of monogamy

plural

monogamies

  1. :  the state or custom of being married to one person at a time or of having only one mate at a time

monogamous

\mə-ˈnäg-ə-məs\play also

monogamic

\ˌmän-ə-ˈgam-ik\play adjective



Learn More about monogamy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up monogamy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen in amount, effect, or force

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

estival brumal hiemal vernal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ