harem vs serail what difference

what is difference between harem and serail

English

Alternative forms

  • hareem (dated)
  • harim (dated)

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem) Turkish harem, from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram, something prohibited; sanctuary, women); and later also from حَرِيم(ḥarīm) with same meaning, both from حَرُمَ(ḥaruma, be forbidden or unlawful).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɑːɹiːm/, /(ˌ)hɑːˈɹiːm/, /ˈhɛəɹəm/
  • (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈhæɹəm/, /ˈhɛəɹəm/
  • IPA: /ˈhæɹəm/
  • IPA: /ˈhɛəɹəm/

Noun

harem (plural harems)

  1. The private section of an Arab household, traditionally forbidden to male strangers.[1841]
    • 1841 The Mirza, Volume 3, James Justinian Morier, p. 153
      “In the room next to her own, lived the harem of a merchant who had just arrived from Constantinople with merchandise. It consisted of his wife, children, and two female slaves, who being well off in their circumstances, enjoyed the comforts and conveniences of life, and eat and drank unsparingly every day.”
  2. A group of someone’s girlfriends, 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, baboons, and elephant seals.[2006]
    • 2006 Maestripieri, Dario; Mayhew, Jessica; Carlson, Cindy L.; Hoffman, Christy L.; and Radtke, Jennifer M. “One-Male Harems and Female Social Dynamics in Guinea Baboons”, published in Folia Primatol 2007; 78:56–68, doi 10.1159/000095686
  4. (ornithology) A group of female birds mated to or associated with a breeding male.
  5. (slang) Any significant number of women together as a group; a bevy.
  6. (uncountable) A genre of anime and manga in which a man is the love interest of three or more women.

Translations

See also

Anagrams

  • Hamer, Hamre, Maher, Mehra, Rhame, herma, rhema

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem), from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.rem/, (traditional, elevated style) /aˈrɛm/

Noun

harem m (invariable)

  1. harem

References


Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem) (Turkish harem), from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈxa.rɛm/

Noun

harem m inan

  1. harem

Declension

Derived terms

  • haremowy

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem), from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram).

Noun

harem n (plural haremuri)

  1. harem

Declension


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem), from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram).

Noun

hárem m (Cyrillic spelling ха́рем)

  1. harem

Declension


Turkish

Etymology

From Ottoman Turkish حرم(harem), from Arabic حَرَم(ḥaram).

Noun

harem (definite accusative haremi, plural haremler)

  1. harem

Declension


English

Etymology

From Middle French sérail, from Italian seraglio.

Noun

serail (plural serails)

  1. (now rare) A seraglio.
    • 1990, Roy Porter, English Society in the 18th Century, Penguin 1991, p. 264:
      London teemed with brothels and other pleasure domes such as Mrs Hayes’s serail in Pall Mall, whose floor show included a Tahitian “Love Feast’ between twelve nymphs and twelve youths, and naked dancing.

Anagrams

  • Alires, Israel, Isreal, Lieras, Sailer, Sal Rei, ariels, railes, realis, relais, resail, sailer, serial

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