seraglio

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /səˈræljoʊ/, /səˈrægliːoʊ/

Noun[edit]

seraglio ‎(plural seraglios)

  1. The palace of the Grand Seignior in Constantinople.
  2. The sequestered living quarters used by wives and concubines (odalisques) in a Turkish Muslim household.
  3. A brothel or place of debauchery.
  4. An interior cage or enclosed courtyard for keeping wild beasts.

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