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concubine  (ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn ; ˈkɒn-) 



  1. (in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
  2. a woman who cohabits with a man

Derived Forms

concubinary  (kɒŋˈkjʊbɪnərɪ   noun, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Latin concubīna, from concumbere to lie together, from cubare to lie


View thesaurus entry
= mistress, courtesan, kept woman, paramour, leman (archaic), odalisque

Example Sentences Including 'concubine'

`And it was that long ago you sold me, Old Chief, because all my babies miscarried, and you found you a new concubine you liked better.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
He brought Rosamond into his bed, even to his table, honoured her as if she were Queen, not concubine.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons
`I don "unnerstan',' the concubine replied in her pouty voice.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels


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