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  1. a town in S (Upper) Egypt, on the Nile: ruins of ancient Thebes.
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  • We were to have three days at Luxor—three days, when three months would have been too little!

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • We were at Luxor; and somewhere not far off, Mabella Hnem was praying for release.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Mother has promised to join us in Luxor at the end of January.

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • We have said that this avenue of sphinxes led to the temple of Luxor.

  • Cairo and Luxor and the Parthenon had always appealed to his imagination.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for luxor


  1. a town in S Egypt, on the River Nile: the southern part of the site of ancient Thebes; many ruins and tombs, notably the temple built by Amenhotep III (about 1411–1375 bc). Pop: 183 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for luxor


place in Egypt, from Arabic al-Kusur, literally "the palaces," from plural of kasr, which is from Latin castrum "fortified camp" (see castle). There are remains of Roman camps nearby.

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