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


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

Origin of concubinage

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at concubine, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concubinage


/ (kɒnˈkjuːbɪnɪdʒ) /


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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