from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law A woman who cohabits with a man without being legally married to him.
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
- n. A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.
- n. Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically
- n. A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship.
- n. a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan or emperor, for sexual purposes.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a paramour.
- n. A wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition. Such were Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham; and such concubines were allowed by the Roman laws. Their children were not heirs of their father.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A paramour, male or female.
- n. A wife of inferior condition; one whose relation is in some respects that of a lawful wife, but who has not been united to the husband by the usual ceremonies: as, Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham.
- n. A woman who cohabits with a man without being married to him; a kept mistress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman who cohabits with an important man
The south-east's property shortage could be solved overnight if London's single blokes were forced to take a live-in concubine (or rent boy, if they're that way inclined).
Caliph’s concubine is also drugged by the Lady Aubaydah.
When he explained his fear that I would otherwise be called his concubine and that the scandal would harm the revolution, I agreed.
The practice, abolished in 1921, meant that the child of a Crown Prince and a concubine was the legal heir to the throne.
A concubine was a kind of institutionalized mistress, acquired and discarded at will.
Collar found in girl's possession had Dyran's brand, identified as concubine collar last worn by Serina Daeth, slave who escaped to desert under sentence of death for bearing halfblood.
She was his lawful wife; but, according to the style of the Hebrews, is called concubine, because of her servile extraction.
She was his servant, but not his harlot: and is called his concubine, as wives of an inferior degree are commonly called in the
The concubine was a wife, though not of the same rank; the first wife had no power over her.
A concubine was a free woman, was often dowered for marriage and her children were legitimate.