Open main menu

EnglishEdit

 
The Almeh (1873) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Arabic عَالِمَة(ʿālima, singer), originally a feminine adjective meaning ‘learned, knowledgeable’, from عَلِمَ(ʿalima, to know).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

almah (plural almahs or almah)

  1. An Egyptian singer or dancing-girl used for entertainment; a dancing-girl, a prostitute. [from 18th c.]
    • 1998, Catherine Gillivray, translating Hélène Cixous, Firstdays of the Year, Minnesota 1998, p. 157:
      Nostalgia is almah, the Arab dancing girl. She tells me stories of the drowned, the deadest of this world's dead.

TranslationsEdit

AnagramsEdit