The definition of a concubine is a woman who is a mistress to a man with a wife or who cannot be married to her because of a difference in social status.
An example of a concubine is one of the mistresses of an important king who has many wives and mistresses.
- Law a woman who cohabits with a man although not legally married to him
- in certain polygamous societies, a secondary wife, of inferior social and legal status
Origin of concubineMiddle English ; from Old French concubin(e) ; from Classical Latin concubina (masc. concubinus) ; from concumbere, to lie with ; from com-, with + cubare, to lie down: see cube
- Law A woman who cohabits with a man without being legally married to him.
- 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.
Origin of concubineMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin concub&imacron;na : com-, com- + cub&amacron;re, to lie down.
- A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
- A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.
- Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically
- A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship.
- (especially formerly in Arabic societies, as well as in ancient Eastern societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan or emperor, for sexual purposes.
- A woman kept by a man who is high in hierarchial society in addition to his wives, e.g in the imperial harem or within a household.