a port in SW Spain, on the Guadalquivir River: site of the Alcazar; cathedral.

Spanish Se·vil·la [se-vee-lyah] /sɛˈvi lyɑ/.
Related formsSe·vil·lian [suh-vil-yuh n] /səˈvɪl yən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seville

Contemporary Examples of seville

  • The locale was not Perugia, but Seville, in Spain, a country I have lived in and love.

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    Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

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    November 26, 2014

  • She will lie in state in Seville and will be buried in a private ceremony attended by her husband and children.

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    Adiós to the Diva Duchess

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    November 20, 2014

Historical Examples of seville

British Dictionary definitions for seville



a port in SW Spain, on the Guadalquivir River: chief town of S Spain under the Vandals and Visigoths (5th–8th centuries); centre of Spanish colonial trade (16th–17th centuries); tourist centre. Pop: 709 975 (2003 est)Ancient name: Hispalis Spanish name: Sevilla (seˈβiʎa)
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Word Origin and History for seville


inland port city in Spain, Spanish Sevilla, ultimately from Phoenician, from sefela "plain, valley."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

seville in Culture


City in southwestern Spain on the Guadalquivir River; a major port and cultural center.


Seville is the capital of bullfighting in Spain.


Two famous operas, Carmen and The Barber of Seville, are set in Seville.


According to legend, Don Juan lived in Seville.
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