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A part of a building set apart for women in an ancient Greek or Roman house.
- ‘Women were so associated with textiles by the late Roman Empire that gynaecea (women's places) became the legal term for weaving, spinning, and dyeing establishments.’
- ‘In their aristocratic form, gynaecea were created by the male elite and were similar to Muslim harems.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Above each narthex is a gynaeceum, which was for the use of women only.’
- ‘One night, he awoke and looked at the women of his gynaeceum, asleep around him in unflattering postures - frozen in a corpselike slumber.’
- ‘While the king was falling on the ground, the inmates of gynaeceum wept, raising their hands in distress.’
Latin, from Greek gunaikeion (see gynoecium).
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