Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of hetaera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See hetæra, etc.

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Examples

  • 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

    Of Human Bondage

  • 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.

    Of Human Bondage

  • He also believed that the basic nature of the male sex was polygamous, saying that a man needed a "hetaira" outside of his wife or partner - this other would allow him to feel he was reborn spiritually.

    Still Point

  • She was not a common harlot and camp follower but a woman known to the Athenians as a hetaira—a beautiful, educated, and charming female who shared the bed of her sponsor but also served as his confidante and advisor.

    Alexander the Great

  • Other main characters are Bagoas the famously beautiful eunuch companion of Darius and then Alexander, Artashir a Persian noble and officer in Alexander's army, Thais the infamous Athenian hetaira of the Susa Palace torching fame and long time companion of Ptolemy and of course Alexander and Hephaistion as above.

    "Stealing Fire" by Jo Graham (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

  • He admitted himself, when talking about it afterwards, that only then had he seen “how handsome the woman was,” for, though he had seen her several times he had always looked upon her as something of a “provincial hetaira.”

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • The public was looking forward with anxious curiosity to the meeting of the two rivals — the proud aristocratic girl and “the hetaira.”

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • We went up to the Archon's couch, where he and his old hetaira were dismissing each couple wittily.

    The Praise Singer

  • I was seen off, too, by a young hetaira I had visited once or twice.

    The Praise Singer

  • He treated us, unasked, to one of his songs against a hetaira who had said him nay, and whose trade he was trying to ruin in revenge.

    The Praise Singer

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