noun \kän-ˈkyü-bə-nij, kən-\

Definition of CONCUBINAGE

:  cohabitation of persons not legally married
:  the state of being a concubine

First Known Use of CONCUBINAGE

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Cohabitation of a man and a woman without the full sanctions of legal marriage. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the term concubine has been generally applied exclusively to women; Western studies of non-Western societies use it to refer to partners who are sanctioned by law but lack the status of full wives. See also common-law marriage; harem; polygamy.


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