Meaning of concubine


Pronunciation: (kong'kyu-bīn", kon'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married.
  2. (among polygamous peoples) a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank.
  3. (esp. formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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