Seraglio Definition

sə-rălyō, -räl-
seraglios
noun
seraglios
The part of a Muslim household where wives or concubines live; harem.
Webster's New World
The palace of a Turkish sultan.
Webster's New World

A brothel or place of debauchery.

Wiktionary

An interior cage or enclosed courtyard for keeping wild beasts.

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Other Word Forms of Seraglio

Noun

Singular:
seraglio
Plural:
seraglios

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

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