harem

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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)

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harem (plural harems)

  1. The private part of an Arab household, traditionally forbidden to male strangers.[1841]
    • 1841 The Mirza, Volume 3, James Justinian Morier, p. 153
      "In the room next to her own, lived the harem of a merchant who had just arrived from Constantinople with merchandise. It consisted of his wife, children, and two female slaves, who being well off in their circumstances, enjoyed the comforts and conveniences of life, and eat and drank unsparingly every day."
  2. A group of someone's girlfriends, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
  3. 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, baboons, and elephant seals.[2006]
    • 2006 Maestripieri, Dario; Mayhew, Jessica; Carlson, Cindy L.; Hoffman, Christy L.; and Radtke, Jennifer M. "One-Male Harems and Female Social Dynamics in Guinea Baboons", published in Folia Primatol 2007; 78:56–68, doi 10.1159/000095686
  4. (slang) Any significant number of women together as a group; a bevy.
  5. A genre of anime and manga in which a man is the love interest of three or more women.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ottoman Turkish حرم (harem), from Arabic حَرَم (ḥaram).

Noun[edit]

harem m (invariable)

  1. harem

Polish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ottoman Turkish حرم (harem) (Turkish harem), from Arabic حَرَم (ḥaram).

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harem m inan

  1. harem

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ottoman Turkish حرم (harem), from Arabic حَرَم (ḥaram).

Noun[edit]

hárem m (Cyrillic spelling ха́рем)

  1. harem

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish حرم (harem), from Arabic حَرَم (ḥaram).

Noun[edit]

harem (definite accusative haremi, plural haremler)

  1. harem