[ huh-rom ]
/ həˈrɒm /
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  1. relating to or noting meat not prepared or animals not slaughtered in the manner prescribed by Islamic law: haram beef and chicken.
  2. (of foods, medications, etc.) not fit to eat or use according to Islamic law: Pork and alcoholic beverages are haram.
forbidden to have or do under Islamic law: a haram business that sells wine.


a haram animal or haram meat.



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Also ha·raam (for defs. 1-3) .
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Origin of haram

First recorded in 1795–1805; from Arabic ḥarām “forbidden, unlawful, off-limits,” from ḥarima “to be forbidden”
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British Dictionary definitions for haram

/ (ˈhɑːˌrɑːm) /


anything that is forbidden by Islamic law

Word Origin for haram

from Arabic, literally: forbidden
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