- 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 harem
But when she opened the door, a harem of toned and dreaded hip-hop dancers were lounging on couches staring at her.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
Jillian Lauren is the author of The New York Times bestseller Some Girls: My Life in a Harem.How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me
May 6, 2014
Mitchell is also a fundamentalist Mormon who had his eye on the then-14-year-old Smart to be the first of a harem of wives.Polygamist Courtroom Circus
July 29, 2011
Harem pants were a well-tailored sport jacket compared to jeggings.The Trend from Hell
January 14, 2010
If he cultivates a harem without taking responsibility for it, he is, however, careless.How Not to Manage a Harem
December 8, 2009
And we couldn't do the thing, unfortunately, as it deals with the harem.
According to his lights, he's right not to allow any interference with his harem from Europeans.
And to interfere with the inmate of a harem is just about impossible.
They gave him his harem and salary, and locked him up in a palace.
Ambition: Just one more wife and an end to those quarrels in the harem.
- 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 harem
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."