Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prostitute”

See all translations

prostitute

noun [C]  /ˈprɑs·tɪˌtut/ us  
someone, usually a woman, who has sex with people for money

prostitute

verb [T]  /ˈprɑs·tɪˌtut/ us  
to sell yourself by having sex with people for money, or to force someone else to prostitute himself or herself: Hundreds of widowed or hungry women have had to prostitute themselves to survive. fig. Some critics say that he is prostituting his writing talent (= using it in a way that does not deserve respect, esp. to earn money).
Translations of “prostitute”
in Korean 매춘부…
in Arabic داعِرة…
in French prostitué/-ée…
in Turkish fahişe, orospu…
in Italian prostituto, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 妓女,娼妓…
in Russian проститутка…
in Polish prostytutka…
in Spanish prostituto, prostituta…
in Portuguese prostituto, -a…
in German die Prostituierte…
in Catalan prostitut, -a…
in Japanese 売春婦, 娼婦…
in Chinese (Simplified) 妓女,娼妓…
(Definition of prostitute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prostitute?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “prostitute” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More