monogamy


mo·nog·a·my

noun \-mē\

: 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

Full Definition of MONOGAMY

1
archaic :  the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime
2
:  the state or custom of being married to one person at a time
3
:  the condition or practice of having a single mate during a period of time
mo·nog·a·mous \mə-ˈnä-gə-məs\ also mono·gam·ic \ˌmä-nə-ˈga-mik\ adjective
mo·nog·a·mous·ly adverb

Examples of MONOGAMY

  1. young couples who practice monogamy
  2. Monogamy is common among birds.

Origin 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

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

mo·nog·a·my

noun \-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mo·nog·a·mies

Medical Definition of MONOGAMY

: the state or custom of being married to one person at a time or of having only one mate at a time
mo·nog·a·mous \mə-ˈnäg-ə-məs\ also mono·gam·ic \ˌmän-ə-ˈgam-ik\ adjective

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