Definitions for concubineˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-
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con•cu•bineˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-(n.)
a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.
(among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usu. of inferior rank.
Origin of concubine:
1250–1300; (< AF) < L concubīna <concumbere to lie together (see con -, incumbent )
concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour(noun)
a woman who cohabits with an important man
A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.
Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically
A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship.
a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan or emperor, for sexual purposes.
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.
a woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a paramour
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
Translations for concubine
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an old word for a woman who lives with a man as his lover but is not his wife.
- houvrou, bysit, byvrou, bywyfAfrikaans
- concubinaPortuguese (BR)
- die KonkubineGerman
- nainen, joka asuu miehen kanssa olematta tämän vaimoFinnish
- פִּלֶגֶש ,פִּילֶגֶשHebrew
- priležnica, konkubinaCroatian
- 내연의 처Korean
- perempuan simpananMalay
- frille, elskerinneNorwegian
- هغه ښځه چه دسړى ما ينه نه وى خو هغه ساتلى وى، صيغه شوى ښځهPashto
- kapatma, metres, kumaTurkish
- 情婦Chinese (Trad.)
- 情妇Chinese (Simp.)
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