- a highly cultured courtesan or concubine, especially in ancient Greece.
- any woman who uses her beauty and charm to obtain wealth or social position.
Origin of hetaera
Examples from the Web for hetaera
She adopted the hetaera life, and was the "companion" of Stilpo himself.Greek Women
The concubine has the status of a hetaera; she travels with the man, keeps his accounts, etc.The Modern Woman's Rights Movement
The Thais of that play is the most favourable delineation of the Athenian 'Hetaera' in ancient literature.The Roman Poets of the Republic
William Young Sellar
- (esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
Word Origin and History for hetaera
1820, "mistress," from Medieval Latin hetaera, from Greek hetaira "female companion," in Athens opposed to "lawful wife," and thus embracing everything from "concubine" to "courtesan;" fem. of hetairos "comrade, companion," from PIE *swet-aro-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).