seraglio

[ UK /səɹˈæɡlɪˌə‍ʊ/ ]
NOUN
  1. living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
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How To Use seraglio In A Sentence

  • The impression is that the lay-out of the whole area resembled that of the Seraglio in Constantinople, with palaces, barracks, and other royal buildings set in an area of parkland.
  • Well, yes, I think so," said Jack; "dancing Circassian girls and the seraglio was the topic of the conversation, unless I am wandering in my mind. Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks Book Number Fifteen in the Jack Harkaway Series
  • Yet Fabrice's ebullient remark to a different correspondent that ‘a fine seraglio is being prepared at Adrianople, or in its neighborhood, for the King’ could also suggest a brand-new construction.
  • The room, a moody cross between an opium den and a Byzantine seraglio, was upholstered at every turn in deep-red plush; there were acres of the stuff in the cushy front lounge.
  • At the end of the day they were exhausted as they had never been; but they had an ease and satiety, like late leavers from a seraglio. COUP D'ETAT
  • This Framer, a believer in “energy in the executive,” derided worries about a too-powerful president and included this line: “We have been taught to tremble at the terrific visages of murdering janizaries and to blush at the unveiled mysteries of a future seraglio.” No Uncertain Terms
  • Just as he integrated other aspects of China to build his empire, so the First Emperor consolidated the harems of the conquered rulers to form a seraglio worthy of the lord of the subcelestial realm. Empresses and Consorts
  • Widely considered one of the composer's most beautiful operas, The Abduction from the Seraglio tells the story of a noblewoman, Konstanze, who is kidnapped and taken to the Orient.
  • One is immediately reminded of Fabrice's brief but clear description of the second court at Topkapi: ‘People are admitted only into the 2'nd court of the seraglio, and are hindered from going further by a guard of black Eunuchs.’
  • The luxurious air of the seraglio is made complete by a sensuous zither-like ‘santir’ and gentle drumming in the background.
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