Definition of polygamist in US English:



  • 1A person who has more than one wife or husband at the same time.

    ‘a Mississippi-based group of practicing polygamists’
    as modifier ‘polygamist communities’
    • ‘I'm disappointed that the mayor wants to discriminate against polygamists.’
    • ‘His disavowal notwithstanding, he sounded more concerned about the rights of polygamists than about the plight of child brides.’
    • ‘The case was believed to be the first brought against a polygamist in the United States in nearly 50 years.’
    • ‘Most likely, the leadership is using this initiative to wage war against their own renegade, polygamist brethren.’
    • ‘Her truck-driving dad is a polygamist with a second family.’
    • ‘A polygamist from a breakaway sect demanded a retraction.’
    • ‘State constitutional bans on polygamy block polygamists from enacting laws that they like.’
    • ‘Few people outside the group are likely to have close friends who are polygamists.’
    • ‘My polygamist tendencies wouldn't jive with your inclination for monogamy.’
    • ‘There are an estimated 30,000 polygamists in this state.’
    1. 1.1Zoology An animal that has more than one mate.
      • ‘Does the female prefer any particular male, or does the male, when not a polygamist, select any particular female?’
      • ‘These polygamists got dirty later than monogamous males, remaining clean until their second female began laying.’
      • ‘The males, said to be polygamists, are extraordinarily bold and pugnacious, whilst the females are quite pacific.’
      • ‘Are lions polygamists?’
      • ‘The capercailzie and the ruff are, as believed, polygamists.’
      • ‘A polygamist has to be a good fighter, so accordingly we find that the peacock is armed with trenchant spurs upon the legs.’
      • ‘In the cuckoo, a polygamist who continues with the female but for a very short time, the testes are small.’
      • ‘Birds are polygamists, monogamists, and in certain cases are given to practices of polyandry.’
      • ‘The males are polygamists, and they have regular appointed places to congregate in numbers to fight together and to display their charms before the females.’
      • ‘The sexes of other pachydermatous animals differ very little or not at all, and, as far as known, they are not polygamists.’