prostitute

{{11}}prostitute (n.) "harlot, woman who offers her body indiscriminately" (usually for money)," 1610s, from L. prostituta "prostitute," fem. of prostitutus, pp. of prostituere (see PROSTITUTE (Cf. prostitute) (v.)).
{{12}}prostitute (v.) 1520s, "to offer to indiscriminate sexual intercourse (usually in exchange for money)," from L. prostituere "to expose to prostitution, expose publicly," from pro- "before" (see PRO- (Cf. pro-)) + statuere "cause to stand, establish," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see STET (Cf. stet)). Related: Prostituted; prostituting. The notion of "sex for hire" is not inherent in the etymology, which rather suggests one "exposed to lust" or sex "indiscriminately offered." However, this is now almost the official European term for the institution, e.g. Ger. prostituierte, Rus. prostitutka, etc. Figurative sense (of abilities, etc.) is from 1590s. Of men, in reference to homosexual acts, from 1886 (in form prostitution).

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