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Meaning of HARLOT

Pronunciation:  'hârlut

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

HARLOT is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: bawd, cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, lady of pleasure, prostitute, sporting lady, tart, trollop, whore, woman of the street, working girl
 See Also: adult female, call girl, camp follower, demimondaine, floozie, floozy, hooker, hustler, slattern, street girl, streetwalker, white slave, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Har"lot\, n. [OE. harlot, herlot, a vagabond, OF.
    harlot, herlot, arlot; cf. Pr. arlot, Sp. arlote, It.
    arlotto; of uncertain origin.]
    1. A churl; a common man; a person, male or female, of low
       birth. --[Obs.]
             He was a gentle harlot and a kind.    --Chaucer.
    2. A person given to low conduct; a rogue; a cheat; a rascal.
       [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    3. A woman who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a
       common woman; a strumpet.
  2. \Har"lot\, a.
    Wanton; lewd; low; base. --Shak.
  3. \Har"lot\, v. i.
    To play the harlot; to practice lewdness. --Milton.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. zonah (Gen. 34:31; 38:15). In verses 21, 22 the Hebrew word used in _kedeshah_, i.e., a woman consecrated or devoted to prostitution in connection with the abominable worship of Asherah or Astarte, the Syrian Venus. This word is also used in Deut. 23:17; Hos. 4:14. Thus Tamar sat by the wayside as a consecrated kedeshah.

It has been attempted to show that Rahab, usually called a "harlot" (Josh. 2:1; 6:17; Heb. 11:31; James 2:25), was only an innkeeper. This interpretation, however, cannot be maintained.

Jephthah's mother is called a "strange woman" (Judg. 11:2). This, however, merely denotes that she was of foreign extraction.

In the time of Solomon harlots appeared openly in the streets, and he solemnly warns against association with them (Prov. 7:12; 9:14. See also Jer. 3:2; Ezek. 16:24, 25, 31). The Revised Version, following the LXX., has "and the harlots washed," etc., instead of the rendering of the Authorized Version, "now they washed," of 1 Kings 22:38.

To commit fornication is metaphorically used for to practice idolatry (Jer. 3:1; Ezek. 16:15; Hos. throughout); hence Jerusalem is spoken of as a harlot (Isa. 1:21).

(2.) Heb. nokriyah, the "strange woman" (1 Kings 11:1; Prov. 5:20; 7:5; 23:27). Those so designated were Canaanites and other Gentiles (Josh. 23:13). To the same class belonged the "foolish", i.e., the sinful, "woman."

In the New Testament the Greek pornai, plural, "harlots," occurs in Matt. 21:31,32, where they are classed with publicans; Luke 15:30; 1 Cor. 6:15,16; Heb. 11:31; James 2:25. It is used symbolically in Rev. 17:1, 5, 15, 16; 19:2.

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