polygamy

noun po·lyg·a·my \ pə-ˈli-gə-mē \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

Definition of polygamy

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

play \pə-ˈli-gə-mist\ noun

polygamize

play \pə-ˈli-gə-ˌmīz\ intransitive verb

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First Known Use of polygamy

1538

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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POLYGAMY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of polygamy for English Language Learners

  • : the state or practice of being married to more than one person at the same time


Medical Dictionary

polygamy

noun po·lyg·a·my \ -mē \

medical Definition of polygamy

plural polygamies
: marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time — compare polyandry, polygyny

Law Dictionary

polygamy

noun po·lyg·a·my \ pə-ˈli-gə-mē \

legal Definition of polygamy

: the offense of having several and specifically more than two spouses at one time — compare bigamy

polygamous

play \-məs\ adjective


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