A prostitute is a type of sex worker who engages in sexual relations, typically for monetary compensation. The term prostitute comes from the Latin word prostituta. Some experts suggest it is a combination of "pro" meaning "up front" or "forward" and "situere" which means "to offer up for sale." Other etymologists believe it is a combination of "pro" and "statuere" which means "to cause to stand" or "place erect."
While the term prostitute is commonly used, it's worth noting that sex rights activists have expressed a preference for the term "sex worker" instead. This more inclusive and general term can refer to anyone who works within the sex industry such as strippers or fetish models.