What is another word for seraglio?

Pronunciation: [səɹˈaɡlɪˌə͡ʊ] (IPA)

Seraglio is a term that refers to a harem, or the private quarters of a ruler or wealthy man in the Islamic world. Synonyms for this term include zenana, which refers to the women's quarters of a house in India and other South Asian countries. Another synonym is the Arabic word haram, which is often used in similar contexts. Other terms that may be used as synonyms for seraglio include gynaeceum, haremlik, or zanana. These terms all refer to the secluded areas within a home or palace where women are kept separate from men and the outside world.

What are the hypernyms for Seraglio?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Seraglio

The first year of his marriage he wrote "Il seraglio," and made the acquaintance of the aged Gluck, who took a deep interest in him and warmly praised his genius.
"The Great German Composers"
George T. Ferris
I fancied myself in the midst of a seraglio, and I amused myself by watching their meek and modest looks as they did their work under the direction of the foreman.
"The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons"
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It was too late now to be with her at nine, I could not go to her supper-party because of my fair nun, whom I would not have left just then for the seraglio of the Grand Turk; and it was impossible for me to accompany her to Chamberi, as when I came back I might no longer find the only object which kept me at Aix.
"The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons"
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

Famous quotes with Seraglio

  • This extremely interesting girl, after giving me a single glance from her beautiful eyes, stubbornly refused to look at me again. My vanity at once made me think that it was only so that I would be at full liberty to study her impeccable beauty. It was on this girl that I instantly set my sights, as if all Europe were only a seraglio provided for my pleasures.
    Giacomo Casanova
  • The whole world is my seraglio and every living being and inanimate existence in it is the instrument of my rapture.
    Sri Aurobindo
  • Conquest brings no lasting happiness unless the person conquered was possessed of free will. Only then can there be doubt and anxiety and those continual victories over habit and boredom which produce the keenest pleasures of all. The comely inmates of the harem are rarely loved, for they are prisoners. Inversely, the far too accessible ladies of present-day seaside resorts almost never inspire love, because they are emancipated. Where is love's victory when there is neither veil, modesty, nor self-respect to check its progress? Excessive freedom raises up the transparent walls of an invisible seraglio to surround these easily acquired ladies. Romantic love requires women, not that they should be inaccessible, but that their lives should be lived within the rather narrow limits of religion and convention. These conditions, admirably observed in the Middle-Ages, produced the courtly love of that time. The honoured mistress of the chateau remained within its walls while the knight set out for the Crusades and thought about his lady. In those days a man scarcely ever tried to arouse love in the object of his passion. He resigned himself to loving in silence, or at least without hope. Such frustrated passions are considered by some to be naive and unreal, but to certain sensitive souls this kind of remote admiration is extremely pleasurable, because, being quite subjective, it is better protected against deception and disillusion.
    André Maurois

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