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concubine

[ kong-kyuh-bahyn, kon- ]
/ ˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn- /
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noun

a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, especially one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.
(among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.
(especially formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes.

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Origin of concubine

1250–1300; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Latin concubīna, equivalent to concub- (variant stem of concumbere to lie together; see con-, incumbent) + -īna feminine suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for concubine

concubine
/ (ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-) /

noun

(in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
a woman who cohabits with a man

Derived forms of concubine

concubinary (kɒŋˈkjʊbɪnərɪ), noun, adjective

Word Origin for concubine

C13: from Old French, from Latin concubīna, from concumbere to lie together, from cubare to lie
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