- the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
- the women in a Muslim household, including the mother, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
- Animal Behavior. a social group of females, as elephant seals, accompanied or followed by one fertile male who denies other males access to the group.
- Facetious: Sometimes Offensive. a group of women associated in any way with one man or household: I really resent it when our boss refers to us as his harem, though he's trying to be funny.
Origin of harem
Examples from the Web for haram
“They say that drinking is haram,” or sinful under Islamic law.With New Turkish Liquor Ban, Raki Goes Underground
June 13, 2014
And they say, that the military uniforms now introducing, are haram or unlawful.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
At Moorshedabad were the court, the haram, and the public offices.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Now there is just such a rock-fortress in the north-west part of the Haram.Tent Work in Palestine
Claude Reignier Conder
Barrack in the Haram, 20;the rock near it the site of Antonia Tower, 59, 64.
They may be seen on the south and at the south-west corner of the Haram (Fig. 4).
- anything that is forbidden by Islamic law
- the part of an Oriental house reserved strictly for wives, concubines, etc
- a Muslim's wives and concubines collectively
- a group of female animals of the same species that are the mates of a single male
Word Origin and History for haram
1630s, from Turkish harem, from Arabic haram "wives and concubines," originally "women's quarters," literally "something forbidden or kept safe," from root of harama "he guarded, forbade."