- cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
- the state or practice of being a concubine.
Origin of concubinage
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Examples from the Web for concubinage
Yet rampant corruption, entrenched patriarchy, and a long history of concubinage also play a role.Inside China’s Mistress-Industrial Complex
Junheng Li, Bethany Allen, Ana Swanson
February 4, 2014
At no period of Roman history are there any traces of polygamy or concubinage.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
But no one will blame the same student for living in concubinage with a grisette.The Sexual Question
Such a marriage was, indeed, nothing but a form of concubinage.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Widows are not allowed to re-marry, but may live in a state of concubinage.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
To compensate for this, concubinage was largely indulged in by the wealthy.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
- cohabitation without legal marriage
- the state of living as a concubine
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Word Origin and History for concubinage
late 14c., from Middle French concubinage, from concubin, from Latin concubina (see concubine).
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