concubine

noun
con·​cu·​bine | \ ˈkäŋ-kyu̇-ˌbīn How to pronounce concubine (audio) , 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

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Examples of concubine in a Sentence

spent an exorbitant sum on furnishing living quarters for his concubine
Recent Examples on the Web Per the statement, a number of artifacts found in KV55’s tomb point to his identity as Akhenaten: for instance, bricks inscribed with the pharaoh’s name, as well as a sarcophagus and canopic jars associated with Kiya, Akhenaten’s concubine. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is This the Face of King Tut’s Father, Pharaoh Akhenaten?," 29 Mar. 2021 The snarling and spitting and posturing; the plotlessness; Kiefer Sutherland’s attempts to bully a Chinese concubine (Alice Carter) into leaving Jack Palance. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Uncouth, Cranky and Rude: Movies in 1988 Were a Far Cry From Today," 2 Oct. 2020 The smuggler, played by Michael Pitt, soon becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron (Ashina). Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Silk Star Sei Ashina Found Dead in Her Tokyo Apartment at 36," 15 Sep. 2020 Her son would inherit the throne over the current Crown Prince, Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who was born to a concubine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Kingdom is better (and more relevant) than ever in S2," 22 Mar. 2020 Part historical fiction, part fantasy, this novel of the Spanish Inquisition centers on Fatima, a favorite concubine of the last sultan of Granada. Tina Jordan, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Savage Feast’ and ‘The Bird King’," 27 Mar. 2020 Her son would inherit the throne over the current Crown Prince, Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who was born to a concubine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Kingdom is better (and more relevant) than ever in S2," 22 Mar. 2020 Her son would inherit the throne over the current Crown Prince, Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who was born to a concubine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Kingdom is better (and more relevant) than ever in S2," 22 Mar. 2020 Her son would inherit the throne over the current Crown Prince, Lee Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), who was born to a concubine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Kingdom is better (and more relevant) than ever in S2," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of concubine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concubine

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

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11 Apr 2021

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“Concubine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concubine. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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concubine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concubine

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

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