mo·​nog·​a·​mous | \ mə-ˈnä-gə-məs How to pronounce monogamous (audio) \
variants: or less commonly monogamic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈga-​mik How to pronounce monogamous (audio) \

Definition of monogamous

: relating to, characterized by, or practicing monogamy : having only one mate, spouse, or sexual partner at one time … the beaver has several qualities that endear it to people: it is monogamous and lives in a family unit; it is gentle and clean; it is absolutely industrious.— Doug Hand But for women who are not at risk for STDs because they are in mutually monogamous relationships, modern IUDs can be safe and very effective.— Kim Painter There are many kinds of infidelity, but here we are talking about a sexual infidelity in monogamous marriage or a relationship that is tantamount to marriage.— Frank Pittman

Other Words from monogamous

monogamously adverb
Pairs usually mate monogamously for life … — Vincenzo Penteriani et al.

What is the Difference Between monogamous and Polygamous?

American marriage is by law monogamous; people are permitted to have only one spouse at a time. There are cultures with laws that permit marriage to more than one person at a time, or polygamy. Although the term polygamy may refer to polyandry (marriage to more than one man), it is more often used as a synonym for polygyny (marriage to more than one woman), which appears to have once been common in most of the world and is still found widely in some cultures.

First Known Use of monogamous

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Monogamous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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