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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of having two (legal or illegal) spouses simultaneously
  • n. A second marriage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, double marriage; remarriage during the existence of a former marriage; in law, the offense of having two or more wives or husbands at the same time.
  • n. . Second marriage; remarriage of a widow or widower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
  • n. having two spouses at the same time

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French bigamie, from Latin bigamia, bigamus ("twice married"), from bis ("twice") + Ancient Greek γάμος (gamos, "marriage"). In common terms, from bi- + -gamy (Wiktionary)

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