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concubine

[kong-kyuh-bahyn, kon-] /ˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-/
noun
1.
a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, especially one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.
2.
(among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.
3.
(especially formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes.
Origin of concubine
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin concubīna, equivalent to concub- (variant stem of concumbere to lie together; see con-, incumbent) + -īna feminine suffix
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concubine

/ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn; ˈkɒn-/
noun
1.
(in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
2.
a woman who cohabits with a man
Derived Forms
concubinary (kɒŋˈkjʊbɪnərɪ) noun, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin concubīna, from concumbere to lie together, from cubare to lie
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Word Origin and History for concubine
n.

c.1300, from Latin concubina (fem.), from concumbere "to lie with, to lie together, to cohabit," from com- "with" (see com-) + cubare "to lie down" (see cubicle). Recognized by law among polygamous peoples as "a secondary wife."

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