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  1. (in Islamic countries) a communal bathhouse, usually with separate baths for men and women.
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Origin of hammam

(< Turkish haman) < Arabic ḥammām
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Examples from the Web for hammam

Historical Examples

  • Well, it is this: At the hammam is employed a cousin of Embarka's.

    A Soldier of the Legion

    C. N. Williamson

  • "And her mother knew I should be all night at the Hammam," he said.

    "Fin Tireur"

    Robert Hichens

  • Christians cannot enter a Mohammedan hammam, as they are considered unclean.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • That in the bath of the Hammam es-Shefa is a spring of undrinkable water.

  • We much enjoyed the use of the Persian “hammam” (bath) while there.

British Dictionary definitions for hammam


  1. a bathing establishment, such as a Turkish bath
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Word Origin

Arabic, literally: bath
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