Adjective "harem" definition and examples

(Harem may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈhɛːrəm//ˈhɑːriːm//hɑːˈriːm/

Definitions and examples

noun

(in former times) the separate part of a Muslim household reserved for wives, concubines, and female servants.
  1. 'In the harem, the younger wives beg the older for stories of him and the tales begin to unravel, his kindness, his teasing, his passion, his laughter'
  2. 'Among the striking objects on display are the wooden doors designed by the famous architect Sinan for the harem of the sultan Murad III in 1578, and measuring over 2.5 metres in height.'
  3. 'Here one can appreciate such aspects of Muslim architecture as the use of water within the complex, typically in front of the splendid Tower of Comares, which along with the harem forms the heart of the Nazrid Palace.'
  4. 'His grandson, Kublai Khan, had 22 legitimate sons, and was said to add 30 virgins to his harem each year.'
  5. 'At its center was the palace-home to the king, his harem, and hundreds of courtiers.'
  6. 'He married a woman called Isis, who was probably his first wife, and he also maintained large harems and kept subsidiary wives, who bore him many children.'
  7. 'Kenwood now runs around his field with his own harem of female mooses and zoo staff are waiting to see which he decides to mate with.'
  8. 'Gorilla groups are generally polygynous, consisting of one silverback male, his harem of several adult females, their young, and one or more subordinate males.'
  9. 'With winter approaching, pronghorn males each gather small harems of females into gullies and valleys on the prairie, trying to keep them out of sight of their rivals while they woo them.'
  10. 'A stallion starts a harem by abducting females from other herds, but the dominant stallions from which he steals do not give up their females easily.'
  11. 'The maneless lions had no trouble attracting a healthy harem of females - the Tsavo prides were surprisingly large, with seven or eight females, and were ruled by a single male lion.'
  12. 'rich men with their extensive harems of buxom blondes'
  13. 'He may date entire harems of beautiful women, drop heavy hints about drugs in interviews, and party at the Playboy Mansion, but he still makes this superstar sex symbol lark look like a total breeze.'
  14. 'He was spotted in a New York club the other night with a harem of girls, buying them all drinks.'
  15. 'Just do what a banker who hails from Long Island does: build a mansion in Colombia and keeps a harem of beautiful women.'
  16. 'For those who have missed this fine media offering, a carefully selected lunk of a guy is presented with a harem of 25 also carefully selected young women, all slim, all conventionally pretty and most blonde.'
  17. 'But critics point out that he has gathered a harem of nine so-called wives with him on Fiji, including a former Playboy centerfold.'
  18. 'I couldn't work out whether he thought I was trying to steal his hens or whether he wanted to add me to his harem.'

More definitions

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 r

More examples(as adjective)

"trouserses can be harem."

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Arabic ḥaram, ḥarīm, literally ‘prohibited, prohibited place’ (hence ‘sanctuary, women's quarters, women’), from ḥarama ‘be prohibited’. Compare with haram.