alcazar

Alcázar

[al-kuh-zahr, al-kaz-er; Spanish ahl-kah-thahr]
noun
1.
the palace of the Moorish kings in Seville, Spain: later used by Spanish kings.
2.
(lowercase) a castle or fortress of the Spanish Moors.

Origin:
< Spanish < Arabic al the + qaṣr < Latin castrum castle, stronghold

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alcazar (ˌælkəˈzɑː, Spanish alˈkaθar)
 
n
any of various palaces or fortresses built in Spain by the Moors
 
[C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-qasr the castle]

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