Meaning of harem

har•em

Pronunciation: (hâr'um, har'-), [key]
— n.
  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. a social group of females, as elephant seals, accompanied or followed by one fertile male who denies other males access to the group.
  4. a group of women associated in any way with one man or household: Father joked that he had a harem of five daughters.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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