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  • A harem attache can assess an Aceh cat tamer… aha!
  • One pat, not camera haste, gets a harem act on tape, no?
  • No, define my harem misogyny; go simmer a hymen I fed on.
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Definition of the noun harem

What does harem mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: harems

  1. living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
    • example: It appears that I don't have it in me to have a harem in my charge.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of harem: hareem / seraglio / serail
    • more generic terms: living quarters / quarters = housing available for people to live in

Alternative definition of the noun harem


  1. The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.
  2. A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
  3. A group of female animals (cows) herded and controlled by a male animal (bull) of that species for breeding purposes. Such behaviour is exhibited by bovids including cattle and buffalo as well as moose, elephants, seals, sea lions, sea elephants.


  1. "Harem" is a 1985 French romantic drama directed by Arthur Joffé. It was filmed in Morocco, particularly El Jadida.
  2. "Harem" a.k.a. "Harem Suare" is a 1999 Turkish drama film directed by Ferzan Özpetek. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
  3. "Harem": It all starts at a hammam. In the steamy bath, a French teenager discovers Arab sensuality at its best, like a thunderbolt. But when his young Moroccan leaves the building, he becomes invisible in the kasbah's alleyways.Our young hero sets out to follow him through the busy streets but, too far behind him, he gets lost in the souks where he will discover, in the back rooms of shops, the very particular hospitality of Eastern traders.Among the waves of bronzed men comes an ebony adonis, probably the most beautiful in all of Cadinot's collection.The play of his white clothes over his black skin gives his scenes an extraordinary sensuality. Without doubt, it is one of the most dazzling pages in the history of gay eroticism.Cadinot is responsible for the most sensual holiday programme on the subject of Northern Africa. Since these images, there must have been a onslaught of gay charter flights to Northern Africa!At the end of his chase, returning to the hammam, the French youth experiences a moment of intense heat in the middle of a group of young guys who are all different and very... undertaking.In the end, he finds the object of his desires in sensual scenes at the edge of the sea and in his bedroom.
  4. "Harem" a.k.a. "Guardian of the Harem" is a future adventure history and thriller film project written by Aylin Livaneli and Zülfü Livaneli.


Harem is a fictional character in the 2008 film Meet the Spartans.

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Google previewReformed and Feminist (1991)

A Challenge to the Church by Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos

The harem is the place where we are "queen," where the bills are paid and there is someone to stand between us and the world...

Google previewJournal of the American Geographical Society of New York (1900)

The Harem is a tributary to the Sun close to the fjord. The valley mouths at right angles to the Sun five hundred and forty...

The Harem is the deepest of all the high valleys. Its floor is one hundred and seventy metres lower than that of the Ot, ...

Google previewAnimal Behavior (2015)

by Michael D. Breed, Janice Moore

KEY TERM A harem is a group of females associated with a single male. KEY TERM Resource defense polygyny occurs when male territoriality centers on a resource needed for breeding success. If multiple females join the male on the ...

Google previewGod, Politics, Economy (2015)

Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion by Bulent Diken

As such, the harem is a prison. What is more crucial, however, is the women's numerical excess. As a relation between the one (despot/man) and the multitude (slaves/women), polygamy is what links the domestic and the political. Thus, in the ...

Google previewThe Romance of the Harem (2009)

by Anna Leonowens

EVERY harem is a little world in itself, composed entirely of women, — some who rule, others who obey, and those who serve. Here disinterestedness vanishes out of sight. Each one is for herself. They are nearly all young women, but they ...

Google previewCharming Cadavers (1996)

Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature by Liz Wilson

Samsara as a Mantrap Clearly, the harem is an image of samsara, the cycle of birth and death in which all but Buddhas are entrapped. Like Cattanar's cosmic cremation ...

Google previewThe Literary Panorama, and National Register (1809)

A Review of Books, Register of Events, Magazine of Varieties: Comprising Interesting Intelligence from the Various Districts of the United Kingdom; the British Connexions in America, Africa, the East Indies, the West Indies, Western Asia &c. and from All Parts of the World ...

The royal harem is the center of these intrigues, and the eunuchs are the most active agents, as well as the most interested. - The women here, as in Turkey, act a distinguished part in all important affairs, al:hough they figure in them only by ...

Google previewTranslation and Conflict (2006)

A Narrative Account by Mona Baker

Harem is the word ofthe outside looking in. Sha'rawi's termsrepresent the narrative perspective ofthe writerlyselflooking out andmoving about theworldin ways that seem natural toher (and whichare hardly morerestrictive thantheorbitsof the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (2013)

by Ghada Hashem Talhami

HAREM. This is the practice of secluding women in a certain section of a royal or upper-class residence. The word “harem” (Arabic: harim) derives from the Arabic term “haram,” which connotes a sacred space unavailable to the general public.

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1883)

by Popular encyclopedia

HAREM (Arabic, the prohibited) is used by Mussulmans to signify the women's apartments, which are forbidden to every man except the husband and near relations. Those who are allowed this privilege by the Koran are fathers, fathers- in-law, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2009)

by Margaret Bunson

harem 157 The site might be “the High Place of Inhapi” of legend, reportedly a safe haven used originally for the royal mummies in the Deir el-Bahri cache. It was so named because of its position in the cliffs. Hapi (1) (Hopi, Hap, Hep) A ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire (2009)

by Ga ́bor A ́goston, Bruce Alan Masters

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Small photo of APRIL 13,2010,ISTANBUL TURKEY.Motif on Harem section of Topkapi Palace.Small photo of Asian girl wearing colourful clothes, a head scarf and harem pants rides a camel across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, North Africa, turns back to look at the camera.Small photo of Pronghorn buck watching his harem leave himSmall photo of APRIL 13,2010,ISTANBUL TURKEY.Motif on Harem section of Topkapi Palace.Small photo of Door with mother of pearl inlays in the Harem in Topkapi Palace, in Istanbul, TurkeySmall photo of APRIL 13,2010,ISTANBUL TURKEY.Motif on Harem section of Topkapi Palace.Small photo of Door with mother of pearl inlays in the Harem in Topkapi Palace, in Istanbul, Turkey More...

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Harem Meaning

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Critics are like eunuchs in a harem they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. (Brendan Francis Behan)
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