hetaera

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noun he·tae·ra \hi-ˈtir-ə\
variants: or

hetaira

play \hi-ˈtī-rə\

Definition of hetaera

plural

hetaerae

play \hi-ˈtir-(ˌ)ē\ or

hetaeras

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hetairas

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hetairai

play \hi-ˈtī-ˌrī\
  1. 1 :  one of a class of highly cultivated courtesans in ancient Greece

  2. 2 :  demimondaine

Origin and Etymology of hetaera

Greek hetaira, literally, companion, feminine of hetairos


First Known Use: 1820


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