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harim

[hair-uh m, har-, ha-reem] /ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-, hæˈrim/
noun
1.

harem

or haram, hareem, harim

[hair-uh m, har-] /ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-/
noun
1.
the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
2.
the women in a Muslim household, including the mother, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
3.
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.
4.
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
1625-1635
1625-35; < Arabic harīm harem, literally, forbidden
Usage note
In the meaning “a group of women associated with one man,” harem is used for humorous effect. But this sense is sometimes perceived as insulting because it implies that the man collects women like objects.
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  • The Emir at once put me in charge of a black slave woman, who led the way to the harim.

  • She rose quietly and tried the door of the dutap into the corridor which led to the harim.

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  • What if Hugh were already at the foot of the stairs, waiting to knock upon the door of the harim as she had directed?

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  • He kissed her again, and then quickly, "The harim is—where?"

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  • The living tents are smaller, and the word beyt house here applies only to the harim.

  • "By the beard of the Prophet—he was in my harim," muttered the Effendi.

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  • And so Marishka, once more balked in her enterprise, went back to the harim.

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  • From the harim came a sudden muffled noise—as though some one were beating upon a carpet.

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British Dictionary definitions for harim

harem

/ˈhɛərəm; hɑːˈriːm/
noun
1.
the part of an Oriental house reserved strictly for wives, concubines, etc
2.
a Muslim's wives and concubines collectively
3.
a group of female animals of the same species that are the mates of a single male
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic harīm forbidden (place)
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Word Origin and History for harim

harem

n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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harim in the Bible

flat-nosed. (1.) The head of the second course of priests (1 Chr. 24:8). (2.) Ezra 2:32, 39; Neh. 7:35, 42. (3.) Neh. 3:11. (4.) 12:3. (5.) 10:5

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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