concubine

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

Definition of concubine

: a woman with whom a man cohabits without being married: such 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

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Origin and Etymology of concubine

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

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CONCUBINE Defined for English Language Learners

concubine

noun

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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