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[muh-nog-uh-mee] /məˈnɒg ə mi/
marriage with only one person at a time.
Compare bigamy, polygamy.
Zoology. the practice of having only one mate.
the practice of marrying only once during life.
Compare digamy.
Origin of monogamy
1605-15; < Late Latin monogamia < Greek monogamía. See mono-, -gamy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monogamy
  • His goal in this chaste romance is avoidance of the monotony that monogamy presumably brings.
  • Dim sum frees you from culinary monogamy, never asking you to commit.
  • After 28 years of polygamous marriage, Spencer has lived the last 19 years in monogamy.
  • In the film, Joey is basically a decent guy with some rough edges and an aversion to monogamy.
  • More romantic about monogamy than any group I've ever seen.
  • Serial monogamy may be replacing marriage-for-life.
  • Is the idea of monogamy a perpetuation of patriarchy?
  • As long as we don't make research monogamy a moral imperative.
  • In our own time, everything conspires to persuade us that monogamy is beyond the reach of ordinary humans.
  • Feathers, claws, and beaks of the cranes are also used in drinks and as decorations for promoting monogamy and affection.
British Dictionary definitions for monogamy


the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of time Compare bigamy, polygamy (sense 1), digamy
(zoology) the practice of having only one mate
Derived Forms
monogamous, adjective
monogamously, adverb
monogamousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy
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Word Origin and History for monogamy

1610s, from French monogamie, from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek monogamia, from monogamos "marrying only once," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gamos "marriage" (see gamete).

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monogamy in Medicine

monogamy mo·nog·a·my (mə-nŏg'ə-mē)

  1. The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.

  2. The condition of having only one mate.

mo·nog'a·mous adj.
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monogamy in Culture
monogamy [(muh-nog-uh-mee)]

A form of marriage in which one man is united with one woman. (Compare polyandry and polygamy.)

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