[al-kuh-zahr, al-kaz-er; Spanish ahl-kah-thahr]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for alcazar
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.
Historically, you may say, the Alcazar is a Christian work; artistically, Mohammedan.
To outward seeming the Alcazar is as Moorish a monument as the Alhambra.
Blanchet, too, calls him Penalosa; but Alcazar gives his name as Penalver.The History of Cuba, vol. 2
Willis Fletcher Johnson
- any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors
C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle
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