The practice or allowance of marriage to more than one woman simultaneously. This was common among several ancient cultures, and even some modern ones, though it has become vastly obsolete. Polygamy was prohibited in Judaism during the 11th century and dwindled in practice over the late medieval period in Europe. Today, polygamy is illegal.
For more on the history of polygamy in Judaic tradition, refer to the Jewish Encyclopedia.« Back to Glossary Index