Meaning of “concubine” in the English Dictionary

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"concubine" in British English

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concubinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒŋ.kjə.baɪn/ us /ˈkɑːn.kjə.baɪn/

a woman who, in some societies, lives and has sex with a man she is not married to, and has a lower social rank than his wife or wives

Examples from literature

  • Abstain if possible from taking a concubine. 
  • He had another son by a Greek concubine, whom he committed to the guardianship of a certain great admiral. 
  • He might marry a secondary wife, or concubine, because he was without offspring, but "the concubine", the Code lays down, "shall not rank with the wife". 
  • Presumably a man may have but one legitimate wife, and children by concubines must be registered as illegitimate. 
  • The difference between the position of the wife and that of the concubine is marked. 

(Definition of “concubine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)