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 History of this Word

"mono" is from "monos" (one, single, alone) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, "mono" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"mono-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "alone", "only" or "single" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

mono- illustration Monorail systems around the world carry hundreds of thousands of passengers.
mono- illustration Something which is monochromatic has a single color.