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hetaera

[ hi-teer-uh ]
/ hɪˈtɪər ə /
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noun, plural he·tae·rae [hi-teer-ee]. /hɪˈtɪər i/.
a highly cultured courtesan or concubine, especially in ancient Greece.
any woman who uses her beauty and charm to obtain wealth or social position.
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Also hetaira.

Origin of hetaera

First recorded in 1810–20, hetaera is from the Greek word hetaíra (feminine) companion

OTHER WORDS FROM hetaera

he·tae·ric, adjective
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How to use hetaera in a sentence

  • The concubine has the status of a hetaera; she travels with the man, keeps his accounts, etc.

  • 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
  • She adopted the hetaera life, and was the "companion" of Stilpo himself.

    Greek Women|Mitchell Carroll

British Dictionary definitions for hetaera

hetaera

hetaira (hɪˈtaɪrə)

/ (hɪˈtɪərə) /

noun plural -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
(esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan

Derived forms of hetaera

hetaeric or hetairic, adjective

Word Origin for hetaera

C19: from Greek hetaira concubine
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