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he·tae·ra

 (hĭ-tîr′ə) also he·tai·ra (-tīr′ə)
n. pl. he·tae·rae (-tîr′ē) or he·tae·ras also he·tai·rai (-tīr′ī′) or he·tai·ras
An ancient Greek courtesan or concubine, especially one who was highly educated or refined.

[Greek hetairā, feminine of hetairos, companion; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

he·tae′ric adj.
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hetaera

(hɪˈtɪərə) or

hetaira

n, pl -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
(Historical Terms) (esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
[C19: from Greek hetaira concubine]
heˈtaeric, heˈtairic adj
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he•tae•ra

(hɪˈtɪər ə)

n., pl. -tae•rae (-ˈtɪər i)
1. a highly cultured courtesan or concubine, esp. in ancient Greece.
[1810–20; < Greek hetaíra (feminine) companion]
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hetaera

a female companion or paramour of ancient Greece, a sort of professional prostitute.
See also: Greece and Greeks
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Translations

hetaera

n pl <-rae or -ras> → Hetäre f
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References in classic literature ?
Hayward surrounded his sordid and vulgar little adventures with a glow of poetry, and thought he touched hands with Pericles and Pheidias because to describe the object of his attentions he used the word hetaira instead of one of those, more blunt and apt, provided by the English language.
It owned more than a thousand temple-slaves ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], hierdoulous), courtesans ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], hetairas), whom both men and women had dedicated to the goddess And thereafter it was also on account of these women that the city was crowded with people and grew rich; for instance, the ship-captains freely squandered their money, and hence the proverb, "Not for every man is the voyage to Corinth." (Strabo, Geography 8.6.
La ex-Miss Paraguay que se convierte en una de las hetairas del dictador paraguayo encarna la opresion general, la victimizacion y tragedia de los paraguayos.
Es segundoneria espanola; logro del trabajo ajeno; especular aunque sea con la sangre y el honor de la patria; poder, dominio, honores, condecoraciones, hetairas opulentas...