WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
con•cu•bine /ˈkɑŋkyəˌbaɪn, ˈkɑn-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married.
  2. Anthropology(among peoples who allow more than one wife) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
con•cu•bine  (kongkyə bīn′, kon-), 
n. 
  1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, esp. one regarded as socially or sexually subservient;
    mistress.
  2. Anthropology(among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.
  3. Eastern Religions(esp. formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes.
Etymology:
  • Latin concubīna, equivalent. to concub- (variant stem of concumbere to lie together; see con-, incumbent) + -īna feminine suffix
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

concubine /ˈkɒŋkjʊˌbaɪn ˈkɒn-/ n
  1. (in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
  2. a woman who cohabits with a man
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin concubīna, from concumbere to lie together, from cubare to lie

concubinary /kɒŋˈkjʊbɪnərɪ/ n , adj



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