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hetaera

[hi-teer-uh] /hɪˈtɪər ə/
noun, plural hetaerae
[hi-teer-ee] /hɪˈtɪər i/ (Show IPA)
1.
a highly cultured courtesan or concubine, especially in ancient Greece.
2.
any woman who uses her beauty and charm to obtain wealth or social position.
Also, hetaira.
Origin of hetaera
1810-1820
1810-20; < Greek hetaíra (feminine) companion
Related forms
hetaeric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hetaera

hetaera

/hɪˈtɪərə/
noun (pl) -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː), -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
1.
(esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
Derived Forms
hetaeric, hetairic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek hetaira concubine
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Word Origin and History for hetaera
n.

1820, "mistress," from Medieval Latin hetaera, from Greek hetaira "female companion," in Athens opposed to "lawful wife," and thus embracing everything from "concubine" to "courtesan;" fem. of hetairos "comrade, companion," from PIE *swet-aro-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e- (see idiom).

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