Alhambra

[ al-ham-bruh ]
/ ælˈhæm brə /
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noun

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
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Alhambra

/ (ælˈhæmbrə) /

noun

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

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.

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