Definitions for concubineˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•cu•bineˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-(n.)

  1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.

  2. (among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usu. of inferior rank.

    Category: Anthropology

Origin of concubine:

1250–1300; (< AF) < L concubīna <concumbere to lie together (see con -, incumbent )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour(noun)

    a woman who cohabits with an important man


  1. concubine(Noun)

    A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.

  2. concubine(Noun)

    A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.

  3. concubine(Noun)

    Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically

  4. concubine(Noun)

    A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship.

  5. concubine(Noun)

    a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan or emperor, for sexual purposes.

  6. concubine(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concubine(noun)

    a woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a paramour

  2. Concubine(noun)

    a wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition. Such were Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham; and such concubines were allowed by the Roman laws. Their children were not heirs of their father

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an old word for a woman who lives with a man as his lover but is not his wife.

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