Scheherazade


Scheherazade
/sheuh her'euh zah"deuh, -zahd", -hear'-/, n.
1. (in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) the wife of the sultan of India, who relates such interesting tales nightly that the sultan spares her life.
2. (italics) a symphonic suite (1888) by Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov.

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or Sheherazade

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.

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