hetaera

[ 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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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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Example sentences from the Web for hetaera

  • The only women who were, to some extent, appreciated for their own sakes, were the Greek hetaerae.

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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