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.
- Sometimes ha·ram, ha·rim; ha·reem [huh-reem] /həˈrim/ .
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How to use harem in a sentence
The beachmasters whose harems are on either side of this road watch them.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Their chiefs and princes have, besides, large harems or seraglios where domestic rivalship imbitters existence.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II | Francis Augustus Cox
Because the leisure class members of their sex have been kept in harems and used as the playthings of men.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
Such is his sanctity that all doors he knocks at open to him, even those of harems zealously guarded.The Prince of India, Volume I | Lew. Wallace
The king, the princes, and most—of the noblemen have fairly large harems.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe | Ernest Young
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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