hetaera

noun
he·​tae·​ra | \ hi-ˈtir-ə How to pronounce hetaera (audio) \
variants: or hetaira \ hi-​ˈtī-​rə How to pronounce hetaera (audio) \
plural hetaerae\ hi-​ˈtir-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce hetaera (audio) \ or hetaeras or hetairas or hetairai\ hi-​ˈtī-​ˌrī How to pronounce hetaera (audio) \

Definition of hetaera

1 : one of a class of highly cultivated courtesans in ancient Greece

First Known Use of hetaera

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hetaera

Greek hetaira, literally, companion, feminine of hetairos

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“Hetaera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetaera. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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