monogamy

noun
mo·​nog·​a·​my | \ mə-ˈnä-gə-mē How to pronounce monogamy (audio) \

Definition of monogamy

1a : the state or practice of having only one sexual partner at a time young couples who practice monogamy
b : the state or custom of being married to only one person at a time
c zoology : the condition or practice of having a single mate during a period of time Monogamy is common among birds.
2 archaic : the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime

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Examples of monogamy in a Sentence

young couples who practice monogamy Monogamy is common among birds.

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Perhaps the most famous member of Boas’s anthropological circle was Margaret Mead, who wrote prolifically from the 1920s until the 1970s, relating anthropology to contemporary issues such as monogamy and teenage rebellion. Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post, "The social scientists who transformed how we think about race and gender," 16 Aug. 2019 An Anthology, coined terms for two types of monogamy: reflexive and radical. Zachary Zane, Allure, "Being in a Polyamorous Relationship Prepared Me for Monogamy," 17 June 2019 And is monogamy — as explained by Vox on Netflix — no longer attainable or desirable? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Marriage and Fidelity in the Internet Age," 6 Aug. 2019 But the Roman faith doesn’t seem to have left much mark on him, to judge by the prime minister’s professed indifference to monogamy. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history," 27 July 2019 This is not the first time Willow has discussed her sexuality and feelings about monogamy publically. Morgan Paige, Essence, "The 'Red Table Talk' Keeps It All The Way Real About Polyamory And Threesomes In A New Episode," 26 June 2019 Those who practice it describe it as responsible and ethical non-monogamy. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Rise of Polyamory Relationships," 30 Apr. 2019 Getty Images Here’s a fun fact: The concept of monogamy is a relatively new one. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 In the United States, women appear to be the leaders of the polyamory movement, and many therapists and other experts report women are often the ones making the suggestion to open up their marriages or explore consensual non-monogamy, experts say. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of monogamy

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monogamy

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

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monogamy

noun

English Language Learners 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

monogamy

noun
mo·​nog·​a·​my | \ -mē How to pronounce monogamy (audio) \
plural monogamies

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

Other Words from monogamy

monogamous \ mə-​ˈnäg-​ə-​məs How to pronounce monogamous (audio) \ also monogamic \ ˌmän-​ə-​ˈgam-​ik How to pronounce monogamic (audio) \ adjective

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