Harem meaning

hârəm, hăr-
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The wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying such a place.
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The definition of a harem is the quarters in a Muslim home where wives, concubines and female servants live, or a group of women who share one man.

A separate wing of a Muslim house where all of the women live is an example of a harem.

A group of five women who all share one man as a lover are an example of a harem.

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A house or a section of a house reserved for women members of a Muslim household.
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A group of female animals that breed exclusively with a single dominant male.
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That part of a Muslim household in which the women live; seraglio.
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The wives, concubines, women servants, etc. occupying a harem.
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A number of female animals, as of fur seals, who mate and lodge with one male.
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The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.
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A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
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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.
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A group of women who are sexual partners of the same man.
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Origin of harem

  • Turkish from Arabic ḥarīm forbidden place from ḥarama to prohibit x̣rm in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Turkish harem, from Arabic حرم (ḥaram, “something prohibited; sanctuary, women”); and later also from حريم (ḥarīm) with same meaning, both from حرم (ḥaruma, “be forbidden or unlawful”). (Eng. usg. 1623)

    From Wiktionary