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[al-kuh-zahr, al-kaz-er; Spanish ahl-kah-thahr] /ˈæl kəˌzɑr, ælˈkæz ər; Spanish ɑlˈkɑ θɑr/
the palace of the Moorish kings in Seville, Spain: later used by Spanish kings.
(lowercase) a castle or fortress of the Spanish Moors.
Origin of Alcázar
< Spanish < Arabic al the + qaṣr < Latin castrum castle, stronghold Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for alcazar
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  • The old alcazar of the Moors was a noble building of great extent.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • At the same time disappeared the main entrance to the alcazar.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • To outward seeming the alcazar is as Moorish a monument as the Alhambra.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • Historically, you may say, the alcazar is a Christian work; artistically, Mohammedan.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • Blanchet, too, calls him Penalosa; but alcazar gives his name as Penalver.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Down at the alcazar he found the three riders who had deserted Matlock overnight.

    The Song of the Wolf

    Frank Mayer
  • It might have been a grandee's house in Seville, patterned on the alcazar.

    The Lighted Match Charles Neville Buck
  • The alcazar has a restaurant somewhat similar to that of the Ambassadeurs.

  • He also galloped off to the palace, or alcazar, and was not seen to return; but next day the White Cat was still more sorrowful.

    Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others
  • At the end of the third day he had walked so quickly that he stood before the secret entrance to the alcazar of Al Rachid.

    Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes Charles Sellers and Others
British Dictionary definitions for alcazar


/ˌælkəˈzɑː; Spanish alˈkaθar/
any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle
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