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ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-harem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harem, hareem, seraglio, serailnoun

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


  1. haremnoun

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

  2. haremnoun

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

  3. haremnoun

    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. Etymology: 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. Haremnoun

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

  2. Haremnoun

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

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harem

    hā′rem, n. the portion of a Mohammedan house allotted to females: the collection of wives and concubines belonging to one Mussulman. [Ar. haram, anything forbidden—harama, to forbid.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. HAREM

    Any significant number of females either man or animal or it means prohibited in Arabic language i.e old form of Hareem.

    Submitted by rinat on June 20, 2021  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Harem

    Expresses the Arabic for “Sacred Spot.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harem in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of harem in a Sentence

  1. Brendan Francis Behan:

    Critics are like eunuchs in a harem they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.

  2. Warren Buffett:

    If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well.

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