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[shuh-her-uh-zah-duh, -zahd, -heer-] /ʃəˌhɛr əˈzɑ də, -ˈzɑd, -ˌhɪər-/
(in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) the wife of the sultan of India, who relates such interesting tales nightly that the sultan spares her life.
(italics) a symphonic suite (1888) by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov. Unabridged
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  • “Good-bye, Scheherazade dear,” he said, with a new seriousness in his voice which made the tone of it almost tender.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • We owe "Youth" and the first section of Scheherazade to this accident.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • His existence, in the boyish imagination, was more adventurous than that of any hero of Scheherazade.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • Shall I talk to you, Scheherazade, or let you snuggle into the chaste arms of Morpheus?

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • There is a new story every morning, and nobody to cut off the head of the Scheherazade.

  • What was the stuff with which you flavoured that soup, Scheherazade?

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
Contemporary definitions for Scheherazade

the female narrator of Arabian Nights, who saves her life by entertaining her husband the king with stories; by extension, used to describe a female teller of stories; also written Shahrazad's 21st Century Lexicon
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Scheherazade [(shuh-hair-uh-zahd)]

The sultan's wife who narrates the Arabian Nights.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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