EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of hetaera
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1810–20, hetaera is from the Greek word hetaíra (feminine) companion Related forms he·tae·ric, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hetaerae Historical Examples of hetaerae British Dictionary definitions for hetaerae hetaera hetaira ( hɪˈtaɪrə) noun plural -taerae ( -ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai ( -ˈtaɪraɪ) (esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan Derived Forms hetaeric or hetairic, adjective Word Origin for hetaera
C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for hetaerae n.
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).
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