Definition of concubine in English:

concubine

noun

historical
  • 1(in polygamous societies) a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives.

    • ‘Do they mean to train girls to becoming rich people's wives or concubines?’
    • ‘Abraham ended up with a wife and a concubine, Jacob with two wives and two concubines.’
    • ‘Round about were the remains of two 20-year-old women (wives or concubines?), two 40-year-old men, and a dog.’
    • ‘He loved many women and had a multitude of wives and concubines.’
    • ‘Experts place the blame partly in Chinese cultural tradition that links a man's status to the number of wives and concubines he has.’
    1. 1.1archaic A mistress.
      • ‘From Kings to paupers, all of them had their mistresses and concubines and whores.’
      • ‘The lords spend money freely, and the Old Master and the Old Mistress add on to the expenses with concubines and opium.’
      • ‘She accepts the advances of the older, richer man and the difficulties she experiences on becoming his concubine are multiplied by the presence of his three other mistresses.’
      • ‘At the age of eighteen, he took a concubine or mistress and together they had one child, a son.’
      • ‘The courtesan or concubine was often the richest and most politically powerful of the whole court.’
      mistress, paramour, kept woman
      lover
      fancy woman, bit on the side
      doxy, courtesan, leman
      odalisque, hetaera, lorette
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin concubina, from con- with + cubare to lie.

Pronunciation:

concubine

/ˈkäNGkyəˌbīn/