Definitions for polygamypəˈlɪg ə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

po•lyg•a•mypəˈlɪg ə mi(n.)

  1. the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, esp. a wife, at one time.

    Category: Anthropology

po•lyg′a•mist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polygamy(noun)

    having more than one spouse at a time

Wiktionary

  1. polygamy(Noun)

    The having of multiple socially bonded sexual partners at the same time

    Originally polygamy could work either or both ways, but civilisation generally forbids simultaneous husbands

  2. polygamy(Noun)

    Commonly used specifically for polygyny, the marriage of a man to more than one wife, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time.

    The Islamic form of polygamy is a husband with up to four wives

  3. polygamy(Noun)

    The state or habit of having more than one sexual mate.

    An insect queen actually practices polygamy only one day, while for an alpha-male defending his harem is the very essence of both his status and polygamy

  4. polygamy(Noun)

    The condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers.

  5. Origin: Recorded since 1591, from Late polygamia, from polygamia, itself from polygamos," from polys + gamos.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polygamy(noun)

    the having of a plurality of wives or husbands at the same time; usually, the marriage of a man to more than one woman, or the practice of having several wives, at the same time; -- opposed to monogamy; as, the nations of the East practiced polygamy. See the Note under Bigamy, and cf. Polyandry

  2. Polygamy(noun)

    the state or habit of having more than one mate

  3. Polygamy(noun)

    the condition or state of a plant which bears both perfect and unisexual flowers

Freebase

  1. Polygamy

    Polygamy is a marriage which includes more than two partners. When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, the relationship is called polygyny, and there is no marriage bond between the wives; and when a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry, and there is no marriage bond between the husbands. If a marriage includes multiple husbands and wives, it can be called group marriage. The term is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, sociology, as well as in popular speech. In social anthropology, polygamy is the practice of a person's making him/herself available for two or more spouses to mate with. In contrast, monogamy is a marriage consisting of only two parties. Like monogamy, the term is often used in a de facto sense, applying regardless of whether the relationships are recognized by the state. In sociobiology and zoology, polygamy is used in a broad sense to mean any form of multiple mating. The only form in which polygamy is permitted in countries which do permit it is in the form of a man taking multiple wives. In most of these countries, alongside polygamy, child marriage is also common.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. polygamy

    An endeavor to get more out of life than there is in it.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. POLYGAMY

    A thoughtless way of increasing the family expenses.

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