the act of marrying a second time while a previous marriage is still legally in effect: when done knowingly, it is a criminal offense
Origin of bigamyMiddle English and amp; Old French bigamie ; from Late Latin bigamus ; from Classical Latin bi-, bi- + Classical Greek gamos, marriage: see gamo-
The criminal offense of marrying one person while still legally married to another.
Origin of bigamyMiddle 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.
- The state of having two (legal or illegal) spouses simultaneously
- (ecclesiastical) A second marriage