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har·em

 (hâr′əm, hăr′-)
n.
1. A house or a section of a house reserved for women members of a Muslim household.
2. The wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying such a place.
3. A group of women who are sexual partners of the same man.
4. A group of female animals that breed exclusively with a single dominant male.

[Turkish, partly from Arabic ḥaram, forbidden, sacrosanct, and partly from Arabic ḥarīm, forbidden place, both from ḥarama, to prohibit; see x̣rm in Semitic roots.]

harem

(ˈhɛərəm; hɑːˈriːm) or

hareem

n
1. (Sociology) the part of an Oriental house reserved strictly for wives, concubines, etc
2. (Sociology) a Muslim's wives and concubines collectively
3. (Zoology) a group of female animals of the same species that are the mates of a single male
[C17: from Arabic harīm forbidden (place)]

har•em

(ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-)

n.
1. the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
2. the women in a Muslim household, including the mothers, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
3. a social group of female animals, as elephant seals, accompanied by a reproductive male who denies other males access to the group.
[1625–35; < Arabic ḥarīm harem, literally, forbidden]

Harem

 a family of wives or concubines, female relatives, and servants, 1781; the occupants of a harem collectively.
Examples: harem of dear friendships, 1855; a literary harem [‘library’], 1872.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harem - living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim householdharem - living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
living quarters, quarters - housing available for people to live in; "he found quarters for his family"; "I visited his bachelor quarters"

harem

noun women's quarters, seraglio, zenana (in eastern countries), gynaeceum (in ancient Greece) like a sheikh in the midst of his harem
Translations
النساءحَريم
harém
haremharemskvinder
hárem
kvennabúr
haremas
harēms
hárem
haremharemlukхаремхаремлук
haremharemde bulunan kadınlarharemlik

harem

[hɑːˈriːm] Nharén m

harem

[ˌhɑːˈriːm ˈhɛərəm] nharem mharicot bean [ˈhærɪkəʊˈbiːn] (British) nharicot m blanc
hark back to
vt
(= recall) → revenir toujours à

harem

nHarem m

harem

[hɑːˈriːm] nharem m inv

harem

(ˈhaːrim) , (haːˈriːm) , ((American) ˈha:rəm) noun
1. the part of a Muslim house occupied by the women.
2. the women themselves.
References in classic literature ?
They soon relinquish this turbulence though, and when about three fourths grown, break up, and separately go about in quest of settlements, that is, harems.
Fresh women appeared in the harems of the Elders -- women who pined and wept, and bore upon their faces the traces of an unextinguishable horror.
Here the seals hauled out, and the old bulls guarded their harems, while the young bulls hauled out by themselves.
The latter was all one radiant harem of garden beauties.
This lady died, but her lessons were indelibly impressed on the mind of Safie, who sickened at the prospect of again returning to Asia and being immured within the walls of a harem, allowed only to occupy herself with infantile amusements, ill-suited to the temper of her soul, now accustomed to grand ideas and a noble emulation for virtue.
He produced the ring, his mark of authority, with which Ali Pasha generally sealed his letters, and which the latter had given him, that he might, on his return at any hour of the day or night, gain access to the presence, even in the harem.
What good remained in Albert Werper revolted at the thought of selling a white woman into the slavery and degradation of a Moslem harem.
There he sits enthroned, with room for a fair admirer on either side of him--the clerical sultan of a platonic harem.
He had his clerks, canoe men, and retainers of all kinds, who lived with him on terms of perfect sociability, always calling him by his Christian name; he had his harem of Indian beauties, and his troop of halfbreed children; nor was there ever wanting a louting train of Indians, hanging about the establishment, eating and drinking at his expense in the intervals of their hunting expeditions.
They brought me along with them when they deserted, either with the intention of holding me ransom or selling me into the harem of one of the black sultans of the north.
He swore he had a harem, and that she was his second wife-- twice as beautiful as the first one he had married.
This very garden, filled as it is with curious herbs and trees sent from the Eastern climes, better becomes the harem of an unbelieving Emir, than the plot which Christian Monks should devote to raise their homely pot-herbs.