from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The practice of engaging in sex acts in exchange for money.
  • noun The criminal offense of engaging in or offering to engage in sex in exchange for money.
  • noun The practice of offering oneself or using one's talents for an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or practice of prostituting, or offering the body to indiscriminate sexual intercourse for hire.
  • noun The act of offering or devoting to a base or infamous use: as, the prostitution of talents or abilities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or practice of prostituting or offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a woman.
  • noun The act of setting one's self to sale, or of devoting to infamous purposes what is in one's power

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for compensation, such as money or other valuable goods.
  • noun by extension Debasement for unworthy profit or motives.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun offering sexual intercourse for pay


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