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 (sə-răl′yō, -räl′-)
n. pl. se·ra·glios
1. A large harem.
2. A sultan's palace. Also called serai.

[Italian serraglio, enclosure, seraglio, probably partly from Vulgar Latin *serraculum, enclosure (from *serrāre, to lace up, from Latin serāre, from sera, door-bar) and partly from Turkish saray, palace (from Persian sarāy, inn; see terə- in Indo-European roots).]


(sɛˈrɑːlɪˌəʊ) or


n, pl -raglios or -rails
1. (Islam) the harem of a Muslim house or palace
2. (Islam) a sultan's palace, esp in the former Turkish empire
3. (Islam) the wives and concubines of a Muslim
[C16: from Italian serraglio animal cage, from Medieval Latin serrāculum bolt, from Latin sera a door bar; associated also with Turkish seray palace]


(ˈhɛər əm, ˈhær-)

1. the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
2. the women in a Muslim household, including the mothers, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
3. a social group of female animals, as elephant seals, accompanied by a reproductive male who denies other males access to the group.
[1625–35; < Arabic ḥarīm harem, literally, forbidden]


 the inmates of a harem, 1634; a house of women kept for debauchery—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: seraglio of the godly (i.e., a nunnery), 1672; of flattering lusts, 1711; of maids of honour, 1860; a cock and a seraglio of seven hens, 1773.
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Noun1.seraglio - living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim householdseraglio - living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
living quarters, quarters - housing available for people to live in; "he found quarters for his family"; "I visited his bachelor quarters"


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