Definition of concubine
: a woman with whom a man cohabits without being married: such asa : one having a recognized social status in a household below that of a wifeb : mistress 4a
Examples of concubine in a Sentence
spent an exorbitant sum on furnishing living quarters for his concubine
Recent Examples of concubine from the Web
When her husband returns from the Trojan War, Clytemnestra murders him and his concubine in retaliation.
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Origin and Etymology of concubine
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin concubina, from com- + cubare to lie
First Known Use: 14th century
CONCUBINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of concubine for English Language Learners
: an unmarried woman who has sex with a man and lives with the man and his wife or wives
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