- the part of a Muslim household where wives or concubines live; harem
- the palace of a Turkish sultan
Origin of seraglioItalian serraglio, enclosure, also (infl. by Turkish saray, palace: see serai), palace, seraglio from Medieval Latin serraculum, a bolt, bar from Late Latin serare, to lock, bar from Classical Latin sera, a bolt, lock
- A large harem.
- A sultan's palace. Also called serai .
Origin of seraglioItalian 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.)