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
Examples of monogamy in a sentence
young couples who practice monogamy
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
MONOGAMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monogamy for English Language Learners
: 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
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