polygamy

noun

po·​lyg·​a·​my pə-ˈli-gə-mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio)
1
: marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time compare polyandry, polygyny
2
: the state of being polygamous
polygamist noun
polygamize intransitive verb

Examples of polygamy in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Late Latin polygamia "frequent marriage," borrowed from Greek polygamía, from polýgamos "married several times, polygamous" + -ia -y entry 2

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of polygamy was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Polygamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygamy. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

polygamy

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​my -mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio)
plural polygamies
: marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time compare polyandry, polygyny

Legal Definition

polygamy

noun
po·​lyg·​a·​my pə-ˈli-gə-mē How to pronounce polygamy (audio)
: the offense of having several and specifically more than two spouses at one time compare bigamy
polygamous adjective
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