concubine

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Concubine \Con"cu*bine\, noun [F., fr. L. concubina; con- + cubare to lie down, concumbere to lie together, akin to E. cubit.]

1. A woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a paramour.

Note: Concubine has been sometimes, but rarely, used of a male paramour as well as of a female. --Trench.

2. A wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition. Such were Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham; and such concubines were allowed by the Roman laws. Their children were not heirs of their father.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

concubine

noun

1: a woman who cohabits with an important man [syn: {concubine}, {courtesan}, {doxy}, {paramour}]

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