noun, plural he·tae·rae [hi-teer-ee] /hɪˈtɪər i/.
Origin of hetaera
Examples from the Web for hetaera
She adopted the hetaera life, and was the "companion" of Stilpo himself.Greek Women|Mitchell Carroll
The Thais of that play is the most favourable delineation of the Athenian 'Hetaera' in ancient literature.The Roman Poets of the Republic|William Young Sellar
The concubine has the status of a hetaera; she travels with the man, keeps his accounts, etc.The Modern Woman's Rights Movement|Kaethe Schirmacher
British Dictionary definitions for hetaera
noun plural -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
Word Origin for hetaera
Word Origin and History for hetaera
1820, "mistress," from Medieval Latin hetaera, from Greek hetaira "female companion," in Athens opposed to "lawful wife," and thus embracing everything from "concubine" to "courtesan;" fem. of hetairos "comrade, companion," from PIE *swet-aro-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).