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 Trixie’s bold move backfires thanks to Seth, who (in a moment of petty, surly retribution over being kicked out of his own store by the lovebirds) tells Al that his concubine has been visiting Sol. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 Or maybe the porcupine knows about the skunk and the concubine and just doesn’t care? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 So when the Arabian princess Hind (Hart) refuses to become Kisra’s concubine, the stage is set for an epic confrontation. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 15 Nov. 2021 For Ferguson the masks, veils, and bejeweled finery that Jessica wears during the film’s first half illustrate her position as a concubine, not a noble. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2021 Ferguson even compares her character in Dune, concubine Lady Jessica, to her star-marking turn as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen, noting the ways in which women wield power through alliances and behind doors dealing. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 21 Oct. 2021 Duke Leto’s official concubine, a wife in all but title, and mother of his only son. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Same with Chani, the Fremen who becomes his concubine. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Despite rumors of having a male harem, Al-Hakam did marry a Basque concubine named Subh, but reportedly gave her the masculine nickname Jafar. NBC News, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Concubine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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