serail

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French sérail, from Italian seraglio.

Noun[edit]

serail (plural serails)

  1. (now rare) A seraglio.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 42, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book I, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      What longing lust would not bee alaid, to see three hundred women at his dispose and pleasure, as hath the Grand Turke in his Seraille?
    • 1990, Roy Porter, English Society in the 18th Century, Penguin 1991, p. 264:
      London teemed with brothels and other pleasure domes such as Mrs Hayes's serail in Pall Mall, whose floor show included a Tahitian “Love Feast’ between twelve nymphs and twelve youths, and naked dancing.

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