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ˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-con·cu·bine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramournoun

    a woman who cohabits with an important man


  1. concubinenoun

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

  2. concubinenoun

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

  3. concubinenoun

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

  4. concubinenoun

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

  5. concubinenoun

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

  6. concubinenoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONCUBINEnoun

    A woman kept in fornication; a whore; a strumpet.

    Etymology: concubina, Lat.

    I know, I am too mean to be your queen;
    And yet too good to be your concubine. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    When his great friend was suitor to him to pardon an offender, he denied him: afterwards, when a concubine of his made the same suit, he granted it to her; and said, Such suits were to be granted to whores. Francis Bacon.

    He caused him to paint one of his concubines, called Campaspe, who had the greatest share in his affection. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The wife, though a bright goddess, thus gives place
    To mortal concubines of fresh embrace. George Granville.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concubinenoun

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

  2. Concubinenoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Concubine

    kong′kū-bīn, n. a woman who cohabits or lives with a man without being married.—n. Concū′binage, state of living together as man and wife without being married.—adj. Concū′binary. [Fr.,—L. concubinacon, together, cubāre, to lie down.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of concubine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of concubine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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