What does harlot mean?

Definitions for harlot
ˈhɑr ləthar·lot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prostitute, cocotte, whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the streetnoun

    a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money


  1. harlotnoun

    a female prostitute

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HARLOTnoun

    Hurlet is used in Chaucer for a low male drudge. A whore; a strumpet.

    Etymology: herlodes, Welsh, a girl. Others for horelet, a little whore. Others from the name of the mother of William the Conqueror.

    Away, my disposition, and possess me with
    Some harlot’s spirit. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    They help thee by such aids as geese and harlots. Ben Jonson.

    The barbarous harlots crowd the publick place;
    Go, fools, and purchase an unclean embrace. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. harlot

    Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. The definition of "sexual activity" varies, and is often defined as an activity requiring physical contact (e.g., sexual intercourse, non-penetrative sex, oral sex, etc.) with the customer. The requirement of physical contact also creates the risk of transferring diseases. Prostitution is sometimes described as sexual services, commercial sex or, colloquially, hooking. It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, or more inclusively, a sex worker. Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms, and its legal status varies from country to country (sometimes from region to region within a given country), ranging from being an enforced or unenforced crime, to unregulated, to a regulated profession. It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the client's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (in-call). Another form is street prostitution. There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world, living all over the world (though most of Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa lack data, studied countries in that large region rank as top sex tourism destinations). Estimates place the annual revenue generated by prostitution worldwide to be over $100 billion.The majority of prostitutes are female and have male clients.The position of prostitution and the law varies widely worldwide, reflecting differing opinions. Some view prostitution as a form of exploitation of or violence against women, and children, that helps to create a supply of victims for human trafficking. Some critics of prostitution as an institution are supporters of the "Nordic model" that decriminalizes the act of selling sex and makes the purchase of sex illegal. This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, France and Sweden. Others view sex work as a legitimate occupation, whereby a person trades or exchanges sexual acts for money. Amnesty International is one of the notable groups calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.


  1. harlot

    A harlot is typically defined as a promiscuous woman, often used in a derogatory sense. It's an old-fashioned term that often implies a woman who engages in sexual activities for money; in other words, a prostitute. However, it may also be used more generally to describe a sexually promiscuous woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harlotnoun

    a churl; a common man; a person, male or female, of low birth

  2. Harlotnoun

    a person given to low conduct; a rogue; a cheat; a rascal

  3. Harlotnoun

    a woman who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a common woman; a strumpet

  4. Harlotadjective

    wanton; lewd; low; base

  5. Harlotverb

    to play the harlot; to practice lewdness

  6. Etymology: [OE. harlot, herlot, a vagabond, OF. harlot, herlot, arlot; cf. Pr. arlot, Sp. arlote, It. arlotto; of uncertain origin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harlot

    här′lot, n. a woman who prostitutes her body for hire, a whore.—adj. wanton: lewd.—n. Har′lotry, prostitution, unchastity: (obs.) a woman given to such: meretriciousness. [O. Fr. herlot, arlot, a base fellow; origin dub., perh. from Old High Ger. karl (A.S. ceorl).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harlot in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harlot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of harlot in a Sentence

  1. C. S. Lewis:

    Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step. For lasting passion is the dream of a harlot, and from it we wake in despair.

  2. Charles Sumner:

    The senator from South Carolina has read many books of chivalry, and believes himself a chivalrous knight, with sentiments of honor and courage. Of course he has chosen a mistress to whom he has made his vows, i mean the harlot Slavery.

  3. Lord Byron, Letter to Thomas Moore:

    What is hope? nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.

  4. D. H. Lawrence:

    If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.

  5. Robert Maxwell:

    When I met Ghislaine in 1984, she was about 23. I thought she was a lovely girl. I liked her from the start, and she was very shy and very unassuming and not the harlot that she's been portrayed as, she asked me if I would take a series of pictures of her in the studio, a fashion shoot because her father ... you know, doted on her … [he] wanted one of the portraits that I took to put on the Lady Ghislaine yachts. He was totally besotted with Ghislaine. She could do no wrong.

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