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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alhambra

Historical Examples of alhambra

  • There is a wonderful building there called the Alhambra; it overlooks my house.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Go not to the Alhambra: the fort is impenetrable—the guard faithful.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The unfortunate Boabdil plunged once more amidst the recesses of the Alhambra.

    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).


    Thomas Roger Smith

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 FormsAlhambresque (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