Who in the world would want to know the definition of concubine? That would be me. Why? Two reasons. One: I am a genealogist and I’ve recently come across the word in the ancestry message boards. Two: I write historical novels.
I looked it up the word concubine and this is what I’ve found:
Concubinage [F] The cohabiting of a man and a woman who are not legally married; state of being a concubine. Concubinage is recognized in many systems of primitive law, as that of the ancient Hebrews.
Concubine – fr. con – cubare to lie down. A woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a kept mistress.
concupiscence – ardent desire; hence sexual lust.
concupiscent – lustful. [Latin, derived of con – cupere to desire.
concupiscible (a rare word these days) That is most desirable; also lustful.
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