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[al-ham-bruh] /ælˈhæm brə/
a palace and citadel of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spain: built chiefly between 1248 and 1354.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
Origin of Alhambra
< Spanish < Arabic al-ḥamrā' literally, the red Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Alhambra
Historical Examples
  • There is a wonderful building there called the Alhambra; it overlooks my house.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The unfortunate Boabdil plunged once more amidst the recesses of the Alhambra.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Go not to the Alhambra: the fort is impenetrable—the guard faithful.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • After all, his visit to the Alhambra had brought some good to him.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Alhambra, the palatial fortress of Granada (from al hamra—the red).

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • Compare the elaborate outlines of some Arab arches at the Alhambra or in Morocco.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • More like the Promenade at the Alhambra than a decent home, it looked to me.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • He was curiously reminded of the conjuring performance at the Alhambra.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Then he wrote a book, Tales of the Alhambra, which we can still read and enjoy.

  • Because of his book, the Alhambra was cleaned and restored to all its former beauty.

British Dictionary definitions for Alhambra


a citadel and palace in Granada, Spain, built for the Moorish kings during the 13th and 14th centuries: noted for its rich ornamentation
Derived Forms
Alhambresque (ˌælhæmˈbrɛsk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Alhambra

palace of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spanish, from Arabic (al kal'at) al hamra "the red (castle)," from fem. of ahmuru "red." So called for the sun-dried bricks of which its outer walls were built.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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