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The criminal offense of marrying one person while still legally married to another.

[Middle English bigamie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Late Latin bigamus, twice married : Latin bi-, two; see bi-1 + Greek gamos, marriage; see -gamous.]

big′a·mist n.


(ˈbɪg ə mɪst)

a person who commits bigamy.
big`a•mis′tic, adj.
big`a•mis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bigamist - someone who marries one person while already legally married to anotherbigamist - someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
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[ˈbɪgəmɪst] Nbígamo/a m/f


[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigame mf


nBigamist m


[ˈbɪgəmɪst] nbigamo/a


(ˈbigəmi) noun
marriage to two wives or two husbands at once (a crime in some countries). He's been charged with committing bigamy.
ˈbigamist noun
ˈbigamous adjective
References in classic literature ?
There is no knight-errant to come and seek a quarrel with me on account of the fair lady I detain a prisoner; but I have judges quite ready who will quickly dispose of a woman so shameless as to glide, a bigamist, into the bed of Lord de Winter, my brother.
Then this so sweet maid is a polyandrist, and me, with my poor wife dead to me, but alive by Church's law, though no wits, all gone, even I, who am faithful husband to this now-no-wife, am bigamist.
Squire Hawker played both the bigamist and the bandit.
This jail was a Noah's ark of the city's crime--there were murderers, "hold-up men" and burglars, embezzlers, counterfeiters and forgers, bigamists, "shoplifters," "confidence men," petty thieves and pickpockets, gamblers and procurers, brawlers, beggars, tramps and drunkards; they were black and white, old and young, Americans and natives of every nation under the sun.
As Steve prepares for his fifth wedding next week, who better to invite to his stag do than bride Tracy's philandering stepdad Ken and alcoholic bigamist and love cheat Peter (above)?
The actor, who played bigamist Peter Barlow in the ITV soap, was stopped by cops at 2:30am on December 30 as he left a nightclub.
He will feature in a special show to be shown tonight as tension rises on the Street when bigamist Peter Barlow's web of deceit is found out.
A BIGAMIST who left his young bride feeling ``devastated and betrayed'' when she discovered he was already married has been spared jail.
Fred didn't care - he'd just found out the missus was a bigamist.
A FEMALE bigamist jilted her illegal second husband after their honeymoon to run off with a THIRD man.
A LESBIAN bigamist avoided jail yesterday after a court heard she was expecting her sixth child.
BIGAMIST Wayne Roberts was last night back under the same roof as his loyal wife Susan.