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al·caz·ar

 (ăl-kăz′ər, -kä′zər, ăl′kə-zär′)
n.
A Spanish palace or fortress, originally one built by the Moors.

[Spanish alcázar, from Arabic al-qaṣr : al-, the + qaṣr, castle (from Latin castra, fort, pl. of castrum, camp; see kes- in Indo-European roots).]

alcazar

(ˌælkəˈzɑː; Spanish alˈkaθar)
n
(Historical Terms) any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors
[C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle]

Al•cá•zar

(ˈæl kəˌzɑr, ælˈkæz ər)

n.
1. a Moorish palace in Seville, later used by Spanish kings.
2. (l.c.) a castle or fortress of the Spanish Moors.
[< Sp < Arabic al the + qaṣr < Latin castra fortified camp]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Alcazar - any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moorsalcazar - any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
fortress, fort - a fortified defensive structure
palace - official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)
References in classic literature ?
Now let your worships turn your eyes to that tower that appears there, which is supposed to be one of the towers of the alcazar of Saragossa, now called the Aljaferia; that lady who appears on that balcony dressed in Moorish fashion is the peerless Melisendra, for many a time she used to gaze from thence upon the road to France, and seek consolation in her captivity by thinking of Paris and her husband.
It's possibly at its most powerful in the leafy arbours of the fabulous Real Alcazar, a Moorish fort converted in to a royal palace and one of the highlights of this sizzling (and I do mean sizzling, it can hit 45C in summer) city.
LUSH: The greenery of Real Alcazar IDYLLIC: Take a ride on the water VIEWPOINT: The mighty cathedral DISCOVERY: Nigel at Columbus's tomb MAGIC: Torre del Oro at dusk