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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And the harlot who bad lured Vechey to his doom?
▪ He shouts her out into the street for a harlot.
▪ Her point, when she told me, was that one need not have been the all-time harlot of the world.
▪ It sounded like the harlots, Isabel thought hysterically.
▪ Now the same diamonds are afforded by a television star or a talented harlot.
▪ That scheming, cheating harlot, whose son you have consorted with like a cheap jade.
▪ The prodigal son will feast with harlots no more.
▪ There are various Pelagias who are known as penitent harlots or virgin martyrs who died to escape a fate worse than death.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Harlot \Har"lot\, a. Wanton; lewd; low; base.


Harlot \Har"lot\, v. i. To play the harlot; to practice lewdness.


Harlot \Har"lot\ (-l[o^]t), 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.

    He was a gentle harlot and a kind.

  2. A person given to low conduct; a rogue; a cheat; a rascal. [Obs.]

  3. A woman who prostitutes her body for hire; a prostitute; a common woman; a strumpet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200 (late 12c. in surnames), "vagabond, man of no fixed occupation, idle rogue," from Old French herlot, arlot "vagabond, tramp" (usually male in Middle English and Old French), with forms in Old Provençal (arlot), Old Spanish (arlote), and Italian (arlotto); of unknown origin. Used in both positive and pejorative senses by Chaucer; applied in Middle English to jesters, buffoons, jugglers, later to actors. Sense of "prostitute, unchaste woman" probably had developed by 14c., certainly by early 15c., but this was reinforced by use as euphemism for "strumpet, whore" in 16c. translations of the Bible. The word may be Germanic, with an original sense of "camp follower," if the first element is hari "army," as some suspect.

  1. (context obsolete English) wanton; lewd; low; base n. (context derogatory archaic English) a female prostitute v

  2. To play the harlot; to practice lewdness.


n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: prostitute, cocotte, whore, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street]

Harlot (disambiguation)

Harlot is an archaic name once given to a prostitute. Examples of this being Spogami Shah and Saniya Kiyani.

Harlot may also refer to:

  • Harlot (1964 film), a 1964 film
  • Harlot (1971 film), a 1971 pornographic film
  • Harlot (poetry), a 2007 poetry anthology by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • Hellfire Harlots, a roller derby league based in Nottingham, England
  • We Are Harlot, or Harlot, a rock band
Harlot (poetry)

Harlot is the 2007 poetry anthology by Jill Alexander Essbaum. It was published by No Tell Books. It has 39 poems which focus on issues of God, sex, and death. This combination of Christianity and sexuality is a hallmark of Essbaum's work, and all reviews commented on it. It was Essbaum's fifth collection of poetry overall. H.L. Hix wrote “one hears [in Harlot] Herbert and Wyatt and Donne, their parallax view of religion as sex and sex as religion … their fondling and squeezing of language.”

Some of the more commented-upon poems in the collection are the title poem, "Heart", "Folie à Deux", "Ménage à Trois", "Bad Friday", and "Tryptych", which originally appeared in Coconut Eight.

Harlot (1971 film)

Harlot is a 1971 pornographic movie starring Fran Spector, produced by Bill Osco and directed by Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm. It is one of the early adult movies of the 1970s, and follows Mona (1970), the first mainstream adult film, also produced by Osco and directed by the team of Benveniste and Ziehm.

It tells the story of a young female student involved in various sexual situations; despite the bad quality of surviving copies, the film has been reprinted a few times also on DVD.

Harlot (1964 film)

Harlot ( 1964) is a feature-length underground film directed by Andy Warhol, written by Ronald Tavel, and featuring Mario Montez lounging on a sofa, eating bananas, with Gerard Malanga in a tuxedo, and with Tavel, Billy Name, and Harry Fainlight having an off-screen discussion. This was Warhol's first sync-sound movie, filmed in December 1964 with his new Auricon camera.

Usage examples of "harlot".

Rahab the harlot, to gie bield to the Israelitish spies that come up against Jericho.

As thou dost purpose to live, when thou hast retired thyself to some such place, where neither roarer nor harlot is: so mayest thou here.

Thou hast often offended thy antients, and especially me that am thy mother, thou hast pierced mee with thy darts thou contemnest me as a widow, neither dost t thou regard thy valiant and invincible father, and to anger me more, thou art amorous of harlots and wenches : hot I will cause that thou shalt shortly repent thee, and that this marriage shal be dearely bought.

The reason for all these vehicles was the vast number of his procurers and bawds, harlots, catamites and lusty partners in depravity.

Marigold has a gay house in the Blackfriars you know, maids for hire, harlots.

Ever since Ma got caught, we done had good times with harlots come calling here.

He often purchased harlots from all the procurers and then set them free.

Panders, who maintained harlots to sell their virginity an hundred times, and the worst of these around them.

Next to these came the Princess of Lucre with her sly and crafty followers - a great many of the brood of Simon Skinflint, money lenders, lawyers, userers, stewards, foresters, harlots, and some of the clergy.

For the unfaithfull harlots doe greatly endeavor to set their snares to catch thee, and their purpose is to make and perswade thee to behold my face, which if thou once fortune to see, as I have often told, thou shalt see no more.

After that we had passed a great part of our journey, we came to a village where we lay all night, but harken, and I will tell you what mischiefe happened there : you shall understand there was a servant to whom his Master had committed the whole government of his house, and was Master of the lodging where we lay : this servant had married a Maiden of the same house, howbeit he was greatly in love with a harlot of the towne, and accustomed to resort unto her, wherewith his wife was so highly displeased and became so jealous, that she gathered together all her husbands substance, with his tales and books of account, and threw them into a light fire : she was not contented with this, but she tooke a cord and bound her child which she had by her husband, about her middle and cast her selfe headlong into a deepe pit.

But I, beside the shame to commit this horrible fact, and to pollute my body with this wicked harlot did greatly feare the danger of death: for I thought in my selfe, that when she and I were together, the savage beast appointed to devoure the woman, was not so instructed and taught, or would so temper his greedinesse, as that hee would teare her in peeces lying under mee, and spare mee with a regard of mine innocency.

This proclamation was the cause that put all doubt from Psyches, who was scantly come in the sight of the house of Venus, but one of her servants called Custome came out, who espying Psyches, cried with a loud voyce, saying: O wicked harlot as thou art, now at length thou shalt know that thou hast a mistresse above thee.

For his wife who was now condemned to beasts, waxed jealous of her husband and began to suspect the young woman as a harlot and common queane, insomuch that shee invented all manner of meanes to dispatch her out of the way.

The I understanding the cause of his miserable estate, sayd unto him, In faith thou art worthy to sustaine the most extreame misery and calamity, which hast defiled and maculated thyne owne body, forsaken thy wife traitorously, and dishonoured thy children, parents, and friends, for the love of a vile harlot and old strumpet.