Definition of Polygyny
(noun) A type of marriage in which a man has multiple wives at the same time.
Example of Polygyny
- The Mormon Church (also called Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) initially encouraged men to have multiple wives. However, the practice was banned in 1890 when Utah applied for statehood in the United States Despite this, the practice continues in some fundamentalist sects of the church.
- American English – /puh-lIj-uh-nee/
- British English – /puh-lIj-i-nee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /pəˈlɪdʒᵻni/
- British English – /pəˈlɪdʒᵻni/
- Sororal polygyny is when two sisters are the wives of one man.
- A type of marriage, polyamory, and polygamy.
- A (noun) polygynist engages in a (adjective) polygynous or (adjective) polygynistic relationship.
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Cite the Definition of Polygyny
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polygyny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
polygyny. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “polygyny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“polygyny.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/polygyny/>.