Concubinage
Concubinage Con*cu"bi*nage, n. 1. The cohabiting of a man and a woman who are not legally married; the state of being a concubine. [1913 Webster]

Note: In some countries, concubinage is marriage of an inferior kind, or performed with less solemnity than a true or formal marriage; or marriage with a woman of inferior condition, to whom the husband does not convey his rank or quality. Under Roman law, it was the living of a man and woman in sexual relations without marriage, but in conformity with local law. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A plea, in which it is alleged that the woman suing for dower was not lawfully married to the man in whose lands she seeks to be endowed, but that she was his concubine. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Concubinage — • The meaning of the term in Roman law, and consequently in early ecclesiastical records and writings, was much the same; a concubine was a quasi wife, recognized by law if there was no legal wife Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • concubinage — con·cu·bi·nage /kän kyü bə nij/ n: the relationship between persons who are cohabiting without the benefit of marriage used esp. in the civil law of Louisiana compare common law marriage ◇ Under Louisiana law, concubinage does not give rise to… …   Law dictionary

  • concubinage — CONCUBINAGE. s. m. Commerce d un homme et d une femme qui ne sont point mariés, et qui vivent ensemble comme s ils l étoient. Concubinage public. Concubinage scandaleux …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • concubinage — Concubinage. s. m. Commerce deshonneste d un homme & d une femme, qui ne sont point mariez, & qui vivent ensemble comme s ils l estoient. Concubinage public. concubinage scandaleux …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • concubinage — late 14c., from M.Fr. concubinage, from concubin, from L. concubina (see CONCUBINE (Cf. concubine)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • concubinage — [kən kyo͞o′bə nij] n. [ME & OFr] 1. Law cohabitation without a legal marriage 2. the state of being a concubine …   English World dictionary

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  • concubinage — (kon ku bi na j ) s. m. État d un homme et d une femme non mariés qui vivent ensemble. •   Il a fallu, dans ces pays, flétrir le concubinage, MONTESQ. Esp. XXIII, 6. •   Madelon : Quoi ! débuter d abord par le mariage ? Gorgibus : Et par où veux… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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