Pronunciation: (big'u-mē), [key]
1. Law.the crime of marrying while one has a wife or husband still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected.
2. Eccles.any violation of canon law concerning marital status that would disqualify a person from receiving holy orders or from retaining or surpassing an ecclesiastical rank.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.