[ hi-teer-iz-uh m ]
/ hɪˈtɪər ɪz əm /


a social system in which the women are considered common property.
Also he·tai·rism [hi-tahyuh r-iz-uh m] /hɪˈtaɪər ɪz əm/.

Origin of hetaerism

First recorded in 1855–60; hetaer(a) + -ism

Related forms

he·tae·rist, nounhet·ae·ris·tic [het-uh-ris-tik] /ˌhɛt əˈrɪs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hetaerism


hetairism (hɪˈtaɪrɪzəm)

/ (hɪˈtɪərɪzəm) /


the state of being a concubine
sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared

Derived Forms

hetaerist or hetairist, nounhetaeristic or hetairistic, adjective
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