seraglio[si ral′yō, -räl′-]
seraglio definition by Webster's New World
- the part of a Muslim household where wives or concubines live; harem
- the palace of a Turkish sultan
Origin: Italian serraglio, enclosure, padlock, also (infl. by Turkish saray, palace: see serai), place, seraglio ; from Midieval Latin serraculum, a bolt, bar ; from Late Latin serare, to lock, bar ; from Classical Latin sera, a bolt, lock
seraglio definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. se·ra·glios
- A large harem.
- A sultan's palace. Also called serai.
Origin: Italian serraglio, enclosure, seraglio, probably partly from Vulgar Latin *serraculum, enclosure (from *serrāre, to lace up, from Latin serāre, from sera, door-bar) and partly from Turkish saray, palace (from Persian sarāy, inn; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots).