the woman who tells the stories in TheArabian Nights. Scheherazade marries a man who always kills his wife on the night after the wedding. To prevent him from killing her too, she tells him part of an interesting story and then says she will tell him the rest of the story the next night. Because he wants to hear the end of the story, he does not kill her. She does this every night for one thousand and one nights, and after this, he allows her to live.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.