con·​cu·​bi·​nage | \ kän-ˈkyü-bə-nij, kən-\

Definition of concubinage

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

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Most of the Islamic world now ignores ancient calls to jihad, concubinage or the execution of apostates and homosexuals. Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Crusade and Jihad’ Review: Conquest and Conquerors," 26 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of concubinage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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con·​cu·​bi·​nage | \ kän-ˈkyü-bə-nij \

Legal Definition of concubinage

: the relationship between persons who are cohabiting without the benefit of marriage used especially in the civil law of Louisiana — compare common-law marriage

Note: Under Louisiana law, concubinage does not give rise to any rights in the parties to each other's property.

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