[al-kuh-zahr, al-kaz-er; Spanish ahl-kah-thahr]
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  1. the palace of the Moorish kings in Seville, Spain: later used by Spanish kings.
  2. (lowercase) a castle or fortress of the Spanish Moors.

Origin of Alcázar

< Spanish < Arabic al the + qaṣr < Latin castrum castle, stronghold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of 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.

    Southern Spain

    A.F. Calvert

  • Historically, you may say, the Alcazar is a Christian work; artistically, Mohammedan.

    Southern Spain

    A.F. Calvert

  • To outward seeming the Alcazar is as Moorish a monument as the Alhambra.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for alcazar


  1. any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors

Word Origin for alcazar

C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle
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