From Middle English harlot, from Old French harlot, herlot, arlot (“vagabond; tramp”), of obscure origin. Likely ultimately of Germanic origin, either from a derivation of *harjaz (“army; camp; warrior; military leader”) or from a diminutive of *karilaz (“man; fellow”). Compare English carlot.
harlot (plural harlots)
- (derogatory, archaic) a female prostitute
a female prostitute
- Persian: فاحشه (fa) (fâheše), بلایه (balâye)
- Portuguese: puta (pt) f, meretriz (pt) f, messalina (pt) f, cortesã (pt) f , prostituta (pt) f, rameira (pt) f, peripatética f, mulher da vida (pt) f, mulher de vida fácil f, mulher pública f.
- Russian: шлю́ха (ru) f (šljúxa)
- Scottish Gaelic: strìopach (gd) f, siùrsach f
- Spanish: puta (es) f, golfa (es) f, ramera (es) f
- Telugu: లంజ (te) (laṃja)
- Welsh: putain (cy) f
harlot (third-person singular simple present harlots, present participle harloting or harlotting, simple past and past participle harloted or harlotted)
- To play the harlot; to practice lewdness.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
harlot (comparative more harlot, superlative most harlot)
- (obsolete) wanton; lewd; low; base
- William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors: Act 5, scene 1, 204–205
- This day, great duke, she shut the doors upon me, / While she with harlots feasted in my house.