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Borrowing from French concubinage


concubinage (countable and uncountable, plural concubinages)

  1. The state of cohabiting or living together as man and wife while not married.
  2. The state of being a concubine.
    • 1902 Websters International Dictionary. "In some countries, concubinage is marriage of an inferior kind, or performed with less solemnity than a true or formal marriage; or marriage with a woman of inferior condition to whom the husband does not convey his rank or quality. Under Roman Law, it was the living together of a man and a woman in sexual relations without marriage but in conformity with local law."