Origin of harlot
Examples from the Web for harlot
Despite rumors spreading that his daughter is a harlot, Dill (Stanley Tucci) has complete and utter faith in her, no matter what.The 13 Coolest Movie Dads: ‘Taken,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and More|Marlow Stern|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Others branded 22-year-old Stewart a harlot and the death threats began rolling in.
To him she was nothing but a harlot to be used to ensnare his enemies.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel|Robert Shea
And with a loud and deep chorus, the troop chanted forth along the wild horrors of the air, 'Woe to the harlot of the sea!The Last Days of Pompeii|Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The next morning "The Harlot's Progress," in two volumes, was sent round from the library.Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
Babylon, ultimately, with her goblin gods and harlot goddess, sank into her own Aral.The Lords of the Ghostland|Edgar Saltus
The faithful city had become a harlot—but not in outward semblance.The Expositor's Bible|F. W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for harlot
Word Origin for harlot
Word Origin and History for harlot
c.1200 (late 12c. in surnames), "vagabond, man of no fixed occupation, idle rogue," from Old French herlot, arlot "vagabond, tramp" (usually male in Middle English and Old French), with forms in Old Provençal (arlot), Old Spanish (arlote), and Italian (arlotto); of unknown origin. Used in both positive and pejorative senses by Chaucer; applied in Middle English to jesters, buffoons, jugglers, later to actors. Sense of "prostitute, unchaste woman" probably had developed by 14c., certainly by early 15c., but this was reinforced by use as euphemism for "strumpet, whore" in 16c. translations of the Bible. The word may be Germanic, with an original sense of "camp follower," if the first element is hari "army," as some suspect.