se·ra·glio (sə-rălyō, -räl-)
n. pl. se·ra·glios
1. A large harem.
2. A sultan's palace. Also called serai.
[Italian serraglio, enclosure, seraglio, probably partly from Vulgar Latin *serraculum, enclosure (from *serrāre, to lace up, from Latin serāre, from sera, door-bar) and partly from Turkish saray, palace (from Persian sarāy, inn; see terə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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