he·​tae·​ra hi-ˈtir-ə How to pronounce hetaera (audio)
variants or hetaira
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)
: one of a class of highly cultivated courtesans in ancient Greece

Word History


Greek hetaira, literally, companion, feminine of hetairos

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hetaera was in 1820

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“Hetaera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hetaera. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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