Definitions for concubineˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-

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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

  3. Origin: [F., fr. L. concubina; con- + cubare to lie down, concumbere to lie together, akin to E. cubit.]

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