concubinage

noun
con·​cu·​bi·​nage | \ kän-ˈkyü-bə-nij How to pronounce concubinage (audio) , kən- \

Definition of concubinage

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

First Known Use of concubinage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Concubinage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concubinage. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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concubinage

noun
con·​cu·​bi·​nage | \ kän-ˈkyü-bə-nij How to pronounce concubinage (audio) \

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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