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Borrowing from Ottoman Turkish حرم (harem) Turkish harem, from Arabic حَرَم (ḥaram, “something prohibited; sanctuary, women”); and later also from حَرِيم (ḥarīm) with same meaning, both from حَرُمَ (ḥaruma, “be forbidden or unlawful”). (Eng. usg. 1623)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɑːriːm/, /(ˌ)hɑːˈriːm/, /ˈhɛərəm/
- (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈhærəm/, /ˈhɛrəm/
harem (plural harems)
- The private part of an Arab household, traditionally forbidden to male strangers.
- A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
- 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, and elephant seals.
- (slang) Any significant number of women together as a group; a bevy.
- A genre of anime and manga in which a man is the love interest of three or more women.
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harem m (invariable)
harem m inan
hárem m (Cyrillic spelling ха́рем)