a "mistress". A female that serves a master sexually. Not a wife.
A woman who cohabits with a man without being his wife; a paramour.
A wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition. Such were Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham; and such concubines were allowed by the Roman laws. Their children were not heirs of their father.
a woman living in a socially recognized state of concubinage; a mistress.
a woman who cohabits with an important man
a wife, but her children do not get the same benefits and inheritance rights as a wife
a woman who co-habits with a man or functions as a second wife without the legal standing of a full wife
a woman who cohabits with a man without being married
a woman who lives with a man, act as a wife to him, but is not married to him, kind of like a second wife
a woman who was previously a servant or temporary wife in the household then becomes a mother, having borne him children
a woman who lives with a man to whom she is not married
The description used by Rev. Samuel Marsden to describe the women not legally married in 1806.
in countries where polygamous marriages are accepted a concubine is the secondary wife. Usually no formal ceremony has taken place.
A woman who belonged to a man but did not have the full rights of a wife; she was frequently acquired as spoils in war, and her main function was to bear sons for the man.