se·​ra·​glio sə-ˈral-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce seraglio (audio)
plural seraglios
: a palace of a sultan

Examples of seraglio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite Miller’s visual panache — when’s the last time a seraglio was depicted on the big screen? — these anecdotes are ultimately as unsatisfying as Campion’s Dog. Armond White, National Review, 7 Sep. 2022 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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Word History


Italian serraglio, modification of Turkish saray palace

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seraglio was in 1581

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“Seraglio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


se·​ra·​glio sə-ˈral-yō How to pronounce seraglio (audio)
plural seraglios
: the rooms assigned to women in a Muslim household

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