Seraglio meaning

sə-rălyō, -räl-
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A large harem.
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A sultan's palace.
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The part of a Muslim household where wives or concubines live; harem.
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The palace of a Turkish sultan.
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The palace of the Grand Seignior in Constantinople.
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The sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines in a Turkish Muslim household.
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A brothel or place of debauchery.
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An interior cage or enclosed courtyard for keeping wild beasts.
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Origin of seraglio

  • 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 terə-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian seraglio, from Vulgar Latin *serrāculum, from a late form of Latin serāre (“lock up, close"), from sera (“lock, bolt"). The Italian word was used (because of phonetic similarity) to translate Persian سرای (sarāy, “lodgings, residence"). Compare serai, serail.

    From Wiktionary