concubine

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Etymology[edit]

Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin concubīna, equivalent to concub- (variant stem of concumbō (to lie together)) + feminine suffix -īna.

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concubine (plural concubines)

  1. A sexual partner, especially a woman, to whom one is not or cannot be married.
    1. A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
    2. (chiefly historical) A slave-girl or woman, kept for instance in a harem, who is held for sexual service.

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  • Random House Unabridged Dictionary

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Noun[edit]

concubine f

  1. plural of concubina

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concubīne

  1. vocative singular of concubīnus