noun, plural he·tae·rae [hi-teer-ee] /hɪˈtɪər i/.
Origin of hetaera
Examples from the Web for hetaerae
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 hetaerae
noun plural -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
Word Origin for hetaera
Word Origin and History for hetaerae
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).