[ hi-teer-uh ]
/ hɪˈtɪər ə /
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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Origin of hetaera
First recorded in 1810–20, hetaera is from the Greek word hetaíra (feminine) companion
OTHER WORDS FROM hetaerahe·tae·ric, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for hetaera
The only women who were, to some extent, appreciated for their own sakes, were the Greek hetaerae.The Evolution of Love|Emil Lucka
British Dictionary definitions for hetaera
/ (hɪˈtɪərə) /
noun plural -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
(esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
Derived forms of hetaerahetaeric or hetairic, adjective
Word Origin for hetaera
C19: from Greek hetaira concubine
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