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Prostitute Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prostitute n : a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: cocotte, whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street] v : sell one's body; exchange sex for money
Prostitute Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, n. [L. prostituta.]
  1. A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.
  2. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire. No hireling she, no prostitute to praise. --Pope.
Prostitute Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted; p. pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.] [L. prostitutus, p. p. of prostituere to prostitute; pro before, forth + statuere to put, place. See Statute.]
  1. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. ``Do not prostitute thy daughter.'' --Lev. xix. 29.
  2. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers. --Milton.
Prostitute Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, a. [L. prostitutus, p. p.] Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes. Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread. --Prior
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Prostitute'


Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. People who execute such activities are called prostitutes. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion.

"To prostitute" is derived from a composition of two Latin words: (preposition) pro and (verb) statuere. A literal translation therefore would be: "to expose", "to place up front".

A variety of terms are used for those who engage in prostitution, some of which distinguish between different kinds or imply a value judgment about them. Common alternatives for prostitute include escort and whore; however, not all professional escorts are prostitutes.

The English word whore derives from the Old English word hōra, from the Indo-European root kā meaning "desire". Use of the word whore is widely considered pejorative, especially in its modern slang form of ho'. In Germany most prostitutes' organizations deliberately use the word Hure (whore) since they feel that prostitute is a bureaucratic term. Those seeking to remove the social stigma associated with prostitution often promote terminology such as sex worker, commercial sex worker (CSW), "tantric engineer" (coined by author Robert Anton Wilson), or sex trade worker. A hooker or streetwalker solicits customers in public places; a call girl makes appointments by phone.

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* Dr. Evil The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it. - Austin Powers International Man of Mystery


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Prostitute Sample Sentences in News


  • Officials: Indiana sheriff gave prostitute uniform
    NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff accused of patronizing a prostitute gave the woman a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then later encouraged her to get rid of the evidence, authorities said Tuesday. Read more on this news related to 'Prostitute'
  • Prostitute tortured, held captive in O.C. motels for days, police say
    A group of kidnappers tortured a prostitute in Costa Mesa and Westminster motel rooms for about a week before officers were able to free her, authorities said Tuesday. Read more on this news related to 'Prostitute'
  • Man who choked prostitute with belt gets 15 years in prison
    A 27-year-old man was sentenced 15 years to life in prison Monday for choking a prostitute with his belt in a motel room, and then stealing cash from her purse, authorities said. Read more on this news related to 'Prostitute'

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