Definitions for haremˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harem, hareem, seraglio, serail(noun)

    living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household

Wiktionary

  1. harem(Noun)

    The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.

  2. harem(Noun)

    A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.

  3. harem(Noun)

    A group of female animals (cows) herded and controlled by a male animal (bull) of that species for breeding purposes. Such behaviour is exhibited by bovids including cattle and buffalo as well as moose, elephants, seals, sea lions, sea elephants.

  4. Origin: From harem, from حرم ‘something prohibited; sanctuary, women’; and later also from (ḥarīm) with same meaning, both from (ḥaruma) ‘be forbidden or unlawful’. (Eng. usg. 1623)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harem(noun)

    the apartments or portion of the house allotted to females in Mohammedan families

  2. Harem(noun)

    the family of wives and concubines belonging to one man, in Mohammedan countries; a seraglio

  3. Origin: [Ar. haram, orig., anything forbidden or sacred, fr. harama to forbid, prohibit.]

Freebase

  1. Harem

    Harem refers to the sphere of women in what is usually a polygynous household and their enclosed quarters which are forbidden to men. It originated in the Near East and is typically associated in the Western world with the Ottoman Empire. For the South Asian equivalent, see purdah and zenana.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Harem

    the apartment or suite of apartments in a Mohammedan's house for the female inmates and their attendants, and the name given to the collective body of them.


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