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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Noun[edit]

concubine (plural concubines)

  1. A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
  2. A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.
  3. Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically
  4. A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship.
  5. (especially formerly in Arabic societies, as well as in ancient Eastern societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan or emperor, for sexual purposes.
  6. A woman kept by a man who is high in hierarchial society in addition to his wives, e.g in the imperial harem or within a household.

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  • Random House Unabridged Dictionary

Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

concubine f

  1. plural form of concubina

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

concubīne

  1. vocative singular of concubīnus