from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The part of a Turkish house reserved for the men.
  • noun The public visit to a place of worship made in state every Friday by the Sultan of Turkey.

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  • noun Part of a Turkish palace or house kept for men.


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Turkish selamlık


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  • He recalled the selamlik vaguely as an irregular mass of buildings, and though the formal entrance was of course through the garden from the avenue, there was a narrow side street or lane leading back to the water's edge between this part of the palace and the nest building, and very likely there was some entrance on that lane.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley

  • The "selamlik," inhabited by Mohammed, where we were received, is according to the Turkish custom, entirely separated from the harem, the gardens of which are walled off from it, and hidden from sight.

    French and Oriental Love in a Harem Mario Uchard

  • The hall of banquets comes so, between them, and the hall is two stories tall, and across the top of that, from the _selamlik_ to the harem, runs that little secret passage.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley

  • This was the colonnade which she had seen forming one side of the court; it was the hall of banquets, she was told, and connected this wing of the palace, the _haremlik_, with the _selamlik_, the men's wing, across the way.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley

  • They were going parallel with the river, although a little way back from the water wall, and in the direction of the men's part of the palace, the selamlik.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley

  • He saw an edge of light along the crack of a closed door to the left on the ground floor of the _selamlik_, and in the higher stories above that a couple of windows showed a pale illumination.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley

  • First, there was the seraglio, or the palace properly so-called, which comprised the reception-halls and the men's apartments, and which is known now throughout the East under the name of _selamlik_; then came the harem containing the private rooms where the master saw his wives and children with their guards of eunuchs and their throngs of attendants; and lastly, there was the _khan_, a cluster of dependent structures including servants 'quarters and out-buildings.

    The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, No. 733, January 11, 1890 Various

  • "It runs above the hall of banquets and into the _selamlik_," whispered the Viennese.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley

  • The sexes are always separated in the family home, which comprises the selamlik (male apartments) and the harem (female apartments).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner 1840-1916 1913

  • He found Marishka and Yeva hand in hand at the door to the _selamlik_ staring in consternation at the door of the black grille.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs 1906


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