(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.
Origin of concubine
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latinconcubīna, equivalent to concub- (variant stem of concumbō (“to lie together”)) + feminine suffix -īna.
The slaves in Persia have a good time; well fed, well clothed, treated as spoiled children, given the lightest work, and often given in marriage to a favorite son or taken ar segah or concubine by the master himself, slaves have the certainty of a well-cared-for old age.
The treatment of the concubine and her son in Gen.
concubina, a concubine; from con-, with, and cubare, to lie), the state of a man and woman cohabiting as married persons without the full sanctions of legal marriage.
No one professed a more austere morality, and few medieval writers indulged in cruder satire on the female sex; yet he passed some years in the society of a concubine, and his living masterpiece of art is the apotheosis of chivalrous passion for a woman.
The older parts are preserved in xix.: the account of the Levite of Mt Ephraim whose concubine from Bethlehem in Judah was outraged, not by the non-Israelite Jebusites of Jerusalem, but by the Benjamites of Gibeah; there are traces of another source in vv.