Meaning of 妾

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Pinyin: qiè
English Definition: concubine; I, your servant (deprecatory self-reference for women)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: A woman branded as a slave
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ xīn ] bitter; toilsome, laborious; 8th heavenly stem
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
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Example Words
妻妾 qiè wives and concubines (of a polygamous man); harem
纳妾 qiè to take a concubine
臣妾 chén qiè (literary) I, your servant (self-appellation of a lower-rank female); (archaic) male and female slaves; subjects (of a ruler)
姬妾 qiè concubine
侍妾 shì qiè concubine
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Example Sentences
His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.
And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel: for they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel.
I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But to this man, don't do such a disgraceful thing.
So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.
Emperors and warlords often had numerous concubines as well as wives.Their successors were often not the first son from their first wife but sometimes their most able son from a concubine.