Definition of gynaeceum in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒʌɪˈniːsɪəm/
Pronunciation: /ɡʌɪˈniːsɪəm/

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noun (plural gynaecea)

A part of a building set apart for women in an ancient Greek or Roman house.
Example sentences
  • In their aristocratic form, gynaecea were created by the male elite and were similar to Muslim harems.
  • While the king was falling on the ground, the inmates of gynaeceum wept, raising their hands in distress.
  • If the gynaeceum was a means of protection from the outside, male gaze, it was at the same time, a space specially designed for gaze as contemplation in silence.


Latin, from Greek gunaikeion (see gynoecium).

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