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mo·nog·a·my

 (mə-nŏg′ə-mē)
n.
1. The practice or condition of having a single sexual partner during a period of time.
2.
a. The practice or condition of being married to only one person at a time.
b. The practice of marrying only once in a lifetime.
3. Zoology The condition of having only one mate during a breeding season or during the breeding life of a pair.

mo·nog′a·mist n.
mo·nog′a·mous adj.
mo·nog′a·mous·ly adv.

monogamy

(mɒˈnɒɡəmɪ)
n
1. (Sociology) the state or practice of having only one husband or wife over a period of time. Compare bigamy, polygamy1, digamy
2. (Zoology) zoology the practice of having only one mate
[C17: via French from Late Latin monogamia, from Greek; see mono- + -gamy]
moˈnogamous adj
moˈnogamously adv
moˈnogamousness n

mo•nog•a•my

(məˈnɒg ə mi)

n.
1. the practice or condition of having only one spouse at a time. Compare bigamy, polygamy (def. 1).
2. Zool. the condition of having only one mate at a time.
3. the practice of marrying only once during life. Compare digamy.
[1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek monogamía. See mono-, -gamy]
mo•nog′a•mous, adj.

monogamy

the custom of marriage to one wife or one husband at a time. — monogamous, adj.
See also: Marriage

monogamy

A rule which permits men and women to have only one marriage partner at a time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monogamy - having only one spouse at a timemonogamy - having only one spouse at a time  
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
monogyny - having only one wife at a time
serial monogamy - a succession of short monogamous relationships (as by someone who undergoes multiple divorces)
Translations

monogamy

[mɒˈnɒgəmɪ] Nmonogamia f

monogamy

[məˈnɒgəmi] nmonogamie f

monogamy

nMonogamie f

monogamy

[mɒˈnɒgəmɪ] nmonogamia

mo·nog·a·my

n. monogamia, unión matrimonial legal con una sola persona.

monogamy

n monogamia
References in classic literature ?
She, a monogamist, regretted the cessation of some of life's innocent odours; he, whose instincts were polygamous, felt morally braced by the change, and less liable to the temptations that had assailed him in the past.
The British monarchs were also not monogamists but the influence the evangelical Christians had on the common people forced them to believe in the Biblical one-woman-for-one-man concept.
Social monogamists, including both voles and some Homo sapiens, don't entirely forgo extra-pair encounters.
My experience [has] taught me a simple truth: at any given moment, 90 percent of lesbians are already in a relationship; also, many are serial monogamists.
In news that will delight monogamists everywhere, research shows that people in long-term relationships have several memory benefits stemming from their couplehood - like recalling people's names or what happened at events.
The video explains how feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and oxytocin fuel lifelong pair bonds in prairie voles, which - along with humans - are the mammalian kingdom's leading monogamists.
There are serial monogamists like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich who express deep-felt concerns about the institution of marriage.