Genealogy & History: What’s a Concubine?

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. concubare 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 concupere to desire.

concupiscible (a rare word these days) That is most desirable; also lustful.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

The Guild (Book 2)

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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