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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin concubina, from com- ( COM-) + cubare 'to lie'

concubine

noun
     
con‧cu‧bine [countable]
a woman in the past who lived with and had sex with a man who already had a wife or wives, but who was socially less important than the wives

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