• synonyms


[e-skawr-ee-uh l, -skohr-; Spanish es-kaw-ryahl]
  1. a building in central Spain, 27 miles (43 km) NW of Madrid, containing a monastery, palace, church, and mausoleum of the Spanish sovereigns: erected 1563–84.
Show More
Also Escurial.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for escorial

Historical Examples

  • The spirit of the Escorial is in one aspect the spirit of Spain.

    Things seen in Spain

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • A “Descent from the Cross” now at the Escorial is his most famous picture.

    The Spell of Flanders

    Edward Neville Vose

  • I must record the tremendous impression made on me by Toledo and the Escorial.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

  • Worn out with his disquietudes, he died in the Escorial in the second year of his sojourn.

  • In the Escorial he executed several pictures; one is a Paradise on the vaulting of the church, with a multitude of figures.

British Dictionary definitions for escorial



  1. a village in central Spain, northwest of Madrid: site of an architectural complex containing a monastery, palace, and college, built by Philip II between 1563 and 1584
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012