[ hahr-luht ]
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  1. a prostitute or sexually promiscuous woman.

Origin of harlot

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English: “young idler, rogue,” from Old French herlot, of obscure origin

Words Nearby harlot

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How to use harlot in a sentence

  • Therefore the showers were withholden, and there was no lateward rain: thou hadst a harlot's forehead, thou wouldst not blush.

  • And by the facility of her fornication she defiled the land, and played the harlot with stones and with stocks.

  • For she multiplied her fornications, remembering the days of her youth, in which she played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

British Dictionary definitions for harlot


/ (ˈhɑːlət) /

  1. a prostitute or promiscuous woman

  1. archaic of or like a harlot

Origin of harlot

C13: from Old French herlot rascal, of obscure origin

Derived forms of harlot

  • harlotry, noun

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