bigamy NOUN the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person.
DERIVATIVES bigamist noun bigamous adjective.
ORIGIN Old French bigamie, from BI-(Cf. ↑bi-) + Greek -gamos 'married' .

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  • bigamous — big·a·mous / bi gə məs/ adj 1: guilty of bigamy a bigamous spouse 2: involving bigamy a bigamous marriage Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Bigamous — Big a*mous, a. Guilty of bigamy; involving bigamy; as, a bigamous marriage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bigamous — (adj.) 1690s; see BIGAMY (Cf. bigamy) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bigamous — [big′əməs] adj. [LL bigamus] 1. constituting or involving bigamy 2. guilty of bigamy bigamously adv …   English World dictionary

  • bigamous — adjective Date: 1851 1. guilty of bigamy < a bigamous man > 2. involving bigamy < a bigamous marriage > • bigamously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bigamous — [[t]bɪ̱gəməs[/t]] ADJ A bigamous marriage is one in which one of the partners is already legally married to someone else …   English dictionary

  • bigamous — bigamously, adv. /big euh meuhs/, adj. 1. having two wives or husbands at the same time; guilty of bigamy. 2. involving bigamy. [1860 65; < LL bigamus, equiv. to bi BI 1 + Gk gamos GAMOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • bigamous — adjective /ˈbɪɡəməs/ a) involving bigamy b) guilty of bigamy …   Wiktionary

  • bigamous — big·a·mous || bɪgÉ™mÉ™s adj. pertaining to or characterized by bigamy (marriage to two or more spouses at one time) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bigamous — big·a·mous …   English syllables

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