[hair-uh m, har-] /ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-/

the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
the women in a Muslim household, including the mother, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
Animal Behavior. a social group of females, as elephant seals, accompanied or followed by one fertile male who denies other males access to the group.
Facetious: Sometimes Offensive. a group of women associated in any way with one man or household:
I really resent it when our boss refers to us as his harem, though he’s trying to be funny.
/ˈhɛərəm; hɑːˈriːm/
the part of an Oriental house reserved strictly for wives, concubines, etc
a Muslim’s wives and concubines collectively
a group of female animals of the same species that are the mates of a single male

1630s, from Turkish harem, from Arabic haram “wives and concubines,” originally “women’s quarters,” literally “something forbidden or kept safe,” from root of harama “he guarded, forbade.”


Read Also:

  • Harem-pants

    plural noun 1. women’s pants usually made of soft fabric and having full legs gathered at the ankle.

  • Harestail

    /ˈhɛəsˌteɪl/ noun 1. a species of cotton grass, Eriophorum vaginatum, more tussocky than common cotton grass and having only a single flower head

  • Hareth

    thicket, a wood in the mountains of Judah where David hid when pursued by Saul (1 Sam. 22:5). It was possibly while he was here that the memorable incident narrated in 2 Sam. 23:14-17, 1 Chr. 11:16-19 occurred. This place has not been identified, but perhaps it may be the modern Kharas, on the borders […]

  • Harewood

    [hair-woo d] /ˈhɛərˌwʊd/ noun 1. the greenish-gray wood of the sycamore maple, used for making furniture.

Disclaimer: Harem definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.