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Alhambra

[al-ham-bruh] /ælˈhæm brə/
noun
1.
a palace and citadel of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spain: built chiefly between 1248 and 1354.
2.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
Origin of Alhambra
< Spanish < Arabic al-ḥamrā' literally, the red
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  • Object of greatest interest, ruins of the Alhambra, at Granada.

  • Go not to the Alhambra: the fort is impenetrable—the guard faithful.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mr. T. Martin had built the first hotel which he named the Alhambra.

    Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • After all, his visit to the Alhambra had brought some good to him.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • These buildings reproduce all types of the Hispano-Moorish architecture, with many suggestions from the Alhambra.

  • Alhambra, the palatial fortress of Granada (from al hamra—the red).

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • He had come to the club with Mostyn, after a dozen turns at the Alhambra, followed by a prolonged theater supper.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • He was curiously reminded of the conjuring performance at the Alhambra.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Then we went to the Alhambra, which looks like an enchanted palace.

  • Then he wrote a book, Tales of the Alhambra, which we can still read and enjoy.

British Dictionary definitions for Alhambra

Alhambra

/ælˈhæmbrə/
noun
1.
a citadel and palace in Granada, Spain, built for the Moorish kings during the 13th and 14th centuries: noted for its rich ornamentation
Derived Forms
Alhambresque (ˌælhæmˈbrɛsk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Alhambra

palace of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spanish, from Arabic (al kal'at) al hamra "the red (castle)," from fem. of ahmuru "red." So called for the sun-dried bricks of which its outer walls were built.

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