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hetaera

he·tae·ra (he·tai·ra)

hetaera (hetaira)

 
pronunciation:
h teI r
part of speech: noun
inflections: hetaerae, hetaeras, hetairai, hetairas
definition 1: in ancient Greek society, a female paramour or concubine, often a member of a class of educated slaves or cultured companions.
definition 2: a woman who uses charm or unscrupulous means to advance her social or financial status; adventuress.
derivations: hetaeric (adj.), hetaerism (n.)