[ shuh-her-uh-zah-duh, -zahd, -heer- ]

  1. (in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) the wife of the sultan of India, who relates such interesting tales nightly that the sultan spares her life.

  2. (italics) a symphonic suite (1888) by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov.

Words Nearby Scheherazade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Scheherazade in a sentence

  • “Good-bye, Scheherazade dear,” he said, with a new seriousness in his voice which made the tone of it almost tender.

    The Dark Star | Robert W. Chambers
  • One hears the whistling parabolas of the flutes and clarinets of "Scheherazade" in "Mlada," in "Sadko," in a half-dozen works.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • A heavy bronze incense burner pours forth fumes of Bichara's Scheherazade.

    The Merry-Go-Round | Carl Van Vechten
  • There is a new story every morning, and nobody to cut off the head of the Scheherazade.

Cultural definitions for Scheherazade


[ (shuh-hair-uh-zahd) ]

The sultan's wife who narrates the Arabian Nights.

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