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concubine

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noun con·cu·bine \ˈkäŋ-kyu̇-ˌbīn, ˈkän-, -kyü-\

Simple Definition of concubine

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of concubine

  1. :  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 in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of concubine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin concubina, from com- + cubare to lie


First Known Use: 14th century

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