alcazar

noun
al·​ca·​zar | \ al-ˈkä-zər How to pronounce alcazar (audio) , -ˈka- How to pronounce alcazar (audio) \

Definition of alcazar

: a Spanish fortress or palace

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First Known Use of alcazar

circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alcazar

borrowed from Spanish alcázar, borrowed from Andalusian Arabic al-qaṣar, corresponding to classical Arabic al-qaṣr, from al "the" + qaṣr "castle, palace," probably borrowed from Aramaic qaṣtĕrā, borrowed from Late Greek kástra, plural of kástron "stronghold," borrowed from Latin castrum "fortified encampment" — more at castle entry 1

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“Alcazar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alcazar. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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