se·​ra·​glio | \ sə-ˈral-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce seraglio (audio) , -ˈräl- \
plural seraglios

Definition of seraglio

2 : a palace of a sultan

Examples of seraglio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film, which was to be called In the Sultan’s Power, involved a dashing American traveler who rescues a young Frenchwoman from the seraglio of a diabolical Turkish nobleman. Longreads, 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of seraglio

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seraglio

Italian serraglio, modification of Turkish saray palace

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“Seraglio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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