Hetaira

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hetaira (Gr. Antiq) A female paramour; a mistress, concubine, or harlot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hetaira etc. See hetæra, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hetaira he-tī′ra in Greece, a woman employed in public or private entertainment, as flute-playing, dancing, &c.: a paramour or courtesan
    • n Hetaira he-tī′ra in Greece, a woman employed in public or private entertainment, as flute-playing, dancing, &c.: a paramour or courtesan
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Hetairism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hetaira, fem. of hetairos, a companion.

Usage

In literature:

The Hetaira Phryne was summoned before the judges for an offence against religion.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Everyone recognized the beautiful hetaira as Aphrodite, and she was hailed, as with one voice, the Queen of the World.
"Serapis, Complete" by Georg Ebers
In modern times hetairas are not wanting.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Other celebrated hetairae, whose names have reached our days, were Lais of Corinth, Gnathanea, etc.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
So for every commonplace marriage there is a canonised love, and the story is told in the old Greek civilisation by the Hetairae.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Hetaira is a term which Sappho applied to her pupils.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
In Greece and Rome there was, perhaps you know, a certain class of females called Hetaira, also a class of males called parasites.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu
For a hetaira of the theatre!
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
On the threshold of the pyramid he met an hetaira.
"The Tour" by Louis Couperus
Hast thou afflicted me thus for having rejected the love of Lamia, the Athenian hetaira, or of Flora, the Roman courtesan?
"One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances" by Thophile Gautier
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