monogamy

noun mo·nog·a·my \ -mē \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of monogamy

1 archaic : the practice of marrying only once during a lifetime
2 a : 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.

monogamous

play \mə-ˈnä-gə-məs\ or less commonly monogamic play \ˌmä-nə-ˈga-mik\ adjective

monogamously

adverb

Examples of monogamy in a Sentence

  1. young couples who practice monogamy

  2. Monogamy is common among birds.

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Origin and Etymology of monogamy

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


MONOGAMY Defined for English Language Learners

monogamy

noun

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


Medical Dictionary

monogamy

noun mo·nog·a·my \ -mē \

medical Definition of monogamy

plural monogamies
: the state or custom of being married to one person at a time or of having only one mate at a time

monogamous

play \mə-ˈnäg-ə-məs\ also monogamic play \ˌmän-ə-ˈgam-ik\ adjective

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