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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun . Second marriage; remarriage of a widow or widower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) The offense of marrying one person when already legally married to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English bigamie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bigamia, from Late Latin bigamus, twice married : Latin bi-, two; see bi– + Greek gamos, marriage; see –gamous.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French bigamie, from Latin bigamia, bigamus ("twice married"), from bis ("twice") + Ancient Greek γάμος (gamos, "marriage"). In common terms, from bi- + -gamy

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