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concubine (ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn Pronunciation for concubine ; 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 Pronunciation for concubinary  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, odalisque

Example Sentences Including 'concubine'

He brought Rosamond into his bed, even to his table, honoured her as if she were Queen, not concubine.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons
He said that cinema was like an ageing concubine , and there was a new streetwalker in town, video.
Business Today (2000)
The clothing tycoon's partner of 46 years, Koo Siu-ying, 66, says the money was a gift and as his concubine ``third wife' she can keep it.
The Australian (2004)
They might be initiation guides, guardian spirits, concubine figures, primitive contract objects, territory markers, or identity tokens.
Independent (1998)
Years ago Father could simply have taken a concubine to give himself another chance.
Sun Shuyun 10,000 MILES WITHOUT A CLOUD (2003)
`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
`I don "unnerstan',' the concubine replied in her pouty voice.
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels


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