Definition of prostitute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːt//
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a person who has sex for money Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- ‘exposed publicly, offered for sale’, from the verb prostituere, from pro- ‘before’ + statuere ‘set up, place’.Extra examples She was arrested and charged with being a common prostitute. The prostitutes solicit openly here. a book written by a former prostitute the men who use prostitutes
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