monogamy

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

Definition of monogamy

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

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Other Words from monogamy

monogamous \ mə-​ˈnä-​gə-​məs How to pronounce monogamous (audio) \ or less commonly monogamic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈga-​mik How to pronounce monogamic (audio) \ adjective
monogamously adverb

Examples of monogamy in a Sentence

young couples who practice monogamy Monogamy is common among birds.

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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 The market just loves monogamy, or specifically recurring revenue, and Microsoft for a long time has had just this tens of billions of dollars of recurring revenue in the form of Office. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 Not only that, but non-monogamy had non-procreative benefits, too—recruiting males to their social group meant there was more potential caregivers for the baby, and more protection. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 Sobriety and monogamy were now the highest ideals, pursued with passion if not perfection. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "‘Been So Long’ Review: Born to Wander," 7 Sep. 2018 Well, that’s a nice way of saying your husband is incapable of monogamy. 4. Diana Falzone, Fox News, "6 serial celebrity cheaters," 15 Aug. 2016 Lawrence — and anyone who operates on a serial-monogamy MO — should know that STIs are out there, and prevention behooves all of us. Maria Del Russo, Glamour, "Wait, Is Jennifer Lawrence Grossed Out by Sex?," 8 Mar. 2018 The first three episodes — on monogamy, the racial wealth gap, and gene editing — are out this week. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of monogamy

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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