Today's-Two-Words: 'audiophile', 'polygyny'

Today's-Two-Words: 'audiophile', 'polygyny'


#1. audiophile


Pronunciation:

(AW-dee-oh-fyl)


Phonetic Transcription:

UK: /ˈɔː.di.əʊ.faɪl/
US: /ˈɑː.di.oʊ.faɪl/


Meaning:

Adjective: One who has a keen interest in high-fidelity sound reproduction and its associated technology.


Etymology:

From Latin audio- (sound) + -phile (love, lover of). Earliest documented use: 1951.


Usage:

“‘Vedanth was an audiophile,’ Shreya replied. ‘He was constantly buying new equipment and tinkering with it to induce the most effective sound possible.’”

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#2. polygyny

(ಬಹುಪತ್ನಿತ್ವ)

Pronunciation:

(puh-LIH-juh-nee)


Phonetic Transcription:

UK: /pəˈlɪdʒ.ɪ.ni/
US: /pəˈlɪdʒ.ɪ.ni/


Meaning:

Noun: The practice of getting two or more female partners.


Etymology:

From Greek poly- (many) + -gyny (woman). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gwen- (woman), which also gave us quean, banshee, zenana, gynecology, and gynophobia (the fear of women). Earliest documented use: 1780.


Notes:

A counterpart of this term is polyandry, the practice of getting two or more male partners. The generic term is polygamy, having two or more partners.


Usage:

“King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s critics say his naming of a consort represents the return of polygyny to the royal court.”

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