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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young couples who practice monogamy Monogamy is common among birds.
Recent Examples on the Web Bisexuals are also perceived to be indecisive and incapable of monogamy. Kirthan Aujlay,, "One Thing You Should Never Ask A Bisexual Person," 29 Oct. 2020 In place of kiddushin, which establishes monogamy and where the husband gives the wife a ring, Greenberg has both partners take vows to be exclusive to each other. Josefin Dolsten,, "A small but growing number of Orthodox rabbis are officiating same-sex weddings," 28 Oct. 2020 It is popularly associated with love, cuddling, monogamy and social attachment – but it has also been linked to stress relief, relaxation, positive memories and empathy. Sarah Graham,, "The Truth About Oxytocin AKA The Love Hormone," 16 Oct. 2020 The horror of self-slaughter is one of those great human constants, like normative monogamy or artistic creation, that has prevailed across all decent civilizations throughout the history of our species. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Life is worth living," 15 Sep. 2020 Among the more serious topics the series has explored are the racial wealth gap, designer DNA, monogamy, political correctness, why women are paid less and the world's water critics. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "Try these streaming options to add some educational viewing to your kids screen time," 22 Aug. 2020 But keeping New London from being a utopia, at least through our eyes, is the prohibition of privacy, monogamy and family. Jeanne Jakle,, "San Antonio actor James Roday returning with new ‘Psych’ movie on NBC’s streaming service Peacock," 8 July 2020 Brave New World is based on Aldous Huxley's novel of the same name and imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. Aurelie Corinthios,, "David Schwimmer Comedy Series and More Original Content Coming to NBC's Peacock on Launch Day," 14 May 2020 Handsome, energetic and disinclined to monogamy, he was married three times, including to model Cheryl Tiegs. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Peter Beard, uninhibited artist and wildlife photographer, dies at 82," 27 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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


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 monogamy (audio) \ also monogamic \ ˌmän-​ə-​ˈgam-​ik How to pronounce monogamy (audio) \ adjective

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