- The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.
- A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
- 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.
Etymology: From Turkish Turkish, harem, from Arabic ( ARchar, Ù ) (áaram) "something prohibited; sanctuary, women"; and later also from ( ARchar, ÙÙ ) (áarÄm) with same meaning, both from ( ARchar, Ù ) (áaruma) "be forbidden or unlawful". (Eng. usg. 1623)
- Dutch: harem , vrouwenverblijf
- French: harem
- German: Harem
- Italian: harem
- Spanish: harén
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