concubinage

[ kon-kyoo-buh-nij, kong- ]
/ kɒnˈkyu bə nɪdʒ, kɒŋ- /

noun

cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
the state or practice of being a concubine.

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Origin of concubinage

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at concubine, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for concubinage

concubinage
/ (kɒnˈkjuːbɪnɪdʒ) /

noun

cohabitation without legal marriage
the state of living as a concubine
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