noun \shə-ˌher-ə-ˈzäd; -ˈzä-də, -dē\

Definition of SCHEHERAZADE

:  the fictional wife of a sultan and the narrator of the tales in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments


German Scheherezade, from Persian Shīrazād
First Known Use: 1801

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fictional sultan's wife who narrated The Thousand and One Nights. According to the story that serves as the collection's framework, the Sultan Shahryar found his first wife unfaithful, and, after deciding that he hated all women, he married and killed a new wife each day. Scheherazade, daughter of his vizier, in an effort to avoid his previous wives' fate, related to him a fascinating story every night, promising to finish it on the following night. The sultan enjoyed the stories so much that he put off her execution indefinitely and finally abandoned the idea altogether.


Scheherazade or Sheherazade


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