- 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 hetaerae
The only women who were, to some extent, appreciated for their own sakes, were the Greek hetaerae.The Evolution of Love
- (esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
Word Origin and History for hetaerae
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).