Harlot is an old-fashioned word for a prostitute — a woman who has sex for money.

These days, calling a woman a harlot is usually done humorously. This word is too old-sounding and unusual to be very insulting. Still, you shouldn't call anyone a harlot, because it's a term — just like "whore," "strumpet," and "lady of the night" — for a woman who has sex for money. That's never been a compliment, even though today the world's oldest profession has a much nicer term: sex worker.

Definitions of harlot

n a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

bawd, cocotte, cyprian, fancy woman, lady of pleasure, prostitute, sporting lady, tart, whore, woman of the street, working girl
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call girl
a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
camp follower
a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
comfort woman, ianfu
a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II
a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
floozie, floozy, hooker, hustler, slattern, street girl, streetwalker
a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets
white slave
a woman sold into prostitution
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

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