concubine


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con·cu·bine

 (kŏng′kyə-bīn′, kŏn′-)
n.
1. Law A woman who cohabits with a man without being legally married to him.
2. In certain societies, such as imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin concubīna : com-, com- + cubāre, to lie down.]

concubine

(ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn; ˈkɒn-)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
2. a woman who cohabits with a man
[C13: from Old French, from Latin concubīna, from concumbere to lie together, from cubare to lie]
concubinary n, adj

con•cu•bine

(ˈkɒŋ kyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɒn-)

n.
1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient; mistress.
2. (among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usu. of inferior rank.
[1250–1300; (< Anglo-French) < Latin concubīna <concumbere to lie together (see con-, incumbent)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.concubine - a woman who cohabits with an important manconcubine - a woman who cohabits with an important man
kept woman, mistress, fancy woman - an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
odalisque - a woman slave in a harem

concubine

noun (Old-fashioned) mistress, courtesan, kept woman, paramour, odalisque the custom of husbands taking a concubine or an additional wife
Translations
حَظِيَّهزَوْجَه ثانِيَه
konkubínasouložnice
konkubinemedhustru
ágyas
hjákona
jaunesnioji žmonasugyventinė
konkubīneotra sieva
ďalšia manželkakonkubína

concubine

[ˈkɒŋkjʊbaɪn] Nconcubina f

concubine

[ˈkɒnkjʊbaɪn ˈkɒŋkjʊbaɪn] nconcubine f

concubine

n
(old)Konkubine f, → Mätresse f
(in polygamy) → Konkubine f, → Nebenfrau f

concubine

(ˈkoŋkjubain) noun
1. an old word for a woman who lives with a man as his lover but is not his wife.
2. (among peoples and religions that allow men to have more than one wife) a secondary wife.
References in classic literature ?
But the moment a female slave becomes her master's concubine her bonds are broken, and as soon as a male slave can read the first chapter of the Koran (which contains the creed) he can no longer be held in bondage.
They are called wives, though I believe the Koran only allows four genuine wives--the rest are concubines. The Emperor of Morocco don't know how many wives he has, but thinks he has five hundred.
I deemed that yonder black-browed girl had been thy concubine, and I gave her to be a handmaiden to Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, after the fashion of patriarchs and heroes of the days of old, who set us in these matters a wholesome example.''
"I am by birth a Cretan; my father was a well to do man, who had many sons born in marriage, whereas I was the son of a slave whom he had purchased for a concubine; nevertheless, my father Castor son of Hylax (whose lineage I claim, and who was held in the highest honour among the Cretans for his wealth, prosperity, and the valour of his sons) put me on the same level with my brothers who had been born in wedlock.
I repulsed her as one would a dreaded and ghastly concubine coming to embitter a husband's heart toward his young bride; in vain; she kept her sway over me for that night and the next day, and eight succeeding days.
I was then flying the anger of father Amyntor, son of Ormenus, who was furious with me in the matter of his concubine, of whom he was enamoured to the wronging of his wife my mother.
I tell you I have been Totski's concubine. Prince, you must marry Aglaya Ivanovna, not Nastasia Philipovna, or this fellow Ferdishenko will always be pointing the finger of scorn at you.
Luzhin had been of unalloyed gold, or one huge diamond, she would never have consented to become his legal concubine. Why is she consenting then?
The contrast between this Ottoman and his concubines is striking; because, while he is always of the largest leviathanic proportions, the ladies, even at full growth, are not more than one third of the bulk of an average-sized male.
Gently he insinuates his vast bulk among them again and revels there awhile, still in tantalizing vicinity to young Lothario, like pious Solomon devoutly worshipping among his thousand concubines. Granting other whales to be in sight, the fishermen will seldom give chase to one of these Grand Turks; for these Grand Turks are too lavish of their strength, and hence their unctuousness is small.
His tail, you perceive, is held aloft by his two principal concubines, Elline and Argelais; and his whole appearance would be infinitely prepossessing, were it not for the protuberance of his eyes, which will certainly start out of his head, and the queer color of his face, which has become nondescript from the quantity of wine he has swallowed.
or Don Jovanny that counted his concubines by hundreds, like the blessed Solomon himself?