hetaeric

hetaera

[hi-teer-uh]
noun, plural hetaerae [hi-teer-ee] .
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:
1810–20; < Greek hetaíra (feminine) companion

hetaeric, adjective
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hetaera or hetaira (hɪˈtɪərə, hɪˈtaɪrə)
 
n , pl -taerae, -tairai
(esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
 
[C19: from Greek hetaira concubine]
 
hetaira or hetaira (hɪˈtɪərə, hɪˈtaɪrə, -ˈtɪəriː, -ˈtaɪraɪ)
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek hetaira concubine]
 
he'taeric or hetaira
 
adj
 
he'tairic or hetaira
 
adj

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hetaera
1820, "mistress," from Mod.L., from Gk. 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 base *s(w)e- (see idiom).
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