• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hetaera he-tē′ra in Greece, a woman employed in public or private entertainment, as flute-playing, dancing, &c.: a paramour or courtesan
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hetaira, fem. of hetairos, a companion.


In literature:

The Hetaera, Thargalia of Miletus, became the wife of a Thessalian king.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The only women who were, to some extent, appreciated for their own sakes, were the Greek hetaerae.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
The richest hetaerae consulted her about their desires and revenges, and she gave them the benefit of her knowledge.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The free woman, or the hetaera, has entered upon the stage.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
The hetaerae from Ionia and Aetolia were particularly conspicuous for their intelligence and culture.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm