noun \ˈkäŋ-ky-ˌbīn, ˈkän-, -kyü-\

: an unmarried woman who has sex with a man and lives with the man and his wife or wives

Full Definition of CONCUBINE

:  a woman with whom a man cohabits without being married: as
a :  one having a recognized social status in a household below that of a wife
b :  mistress 4a

Examples of CONCUBINE

  1. <spent an exorbitant sum on furnishing living quarters for his concubine>


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin concubina, from com- + cubare to lie
First Known Use: 14th century

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