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[kon-kyoo-buh-nij, kong-]
  1. cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
  2. 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


  1. cohabitation without legal marriage
  2. 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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