noun, plural se·ragl·ios.
Origin of seraglio
Examples from the Web for seraglio
A sentry had been placed at the gate of the Seraglio to prevent anyone who did not belong to the laboratory from entering.Byron|Richard Edgcumbe
She found it a very pleasant recreation, for life in the seraglio is extremely monotonous.
So there he stood at last, on a silver pedestal in front of the Seraglio.The Lion of Janina|Mr Jkai
Garth happily observed that for Radcliffe to leave a library was as if a eunuch should found a seraglio.A Book about Doctors|John Cordy Jeaffreson
A broad road leads us with park-like plantations on either hand up from the sea towards the Seraglio buildings.The Walls of Constantinople|Bernard Granville Baker
British Dictionary definitions for seraglio
serail (səˈraɪ, -ˈraɪl, -ˈreɪl)
noun plural -raglios or -rails
Word Origin for seraglio
Word Origin and History for seraglio
"harem," also the name of a former palace of the sultan in Istanbul, 1580s, from Italian seraglio, alteration of Turkish saray "palace, court," from Persian sara'i "palace, inn," from Iranian base *thraya- "to protect" (cf. Avestan thrayeinti "they protect"), from PIE *tra-, variant form of root *tere- "to cross over, pass through, overcome" (see through).
The Italian word probably reflects folk etymology influence of serraglio "enclosure, cage," from Medieval Latin serraculum "bung, stopper" (see serried).