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[luhk-sawr] /ˈlʌk sɔr/
a town in S (Upper) Egypt, on the Nile: ruins of ancient Thebes. Unabridged
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  • He had found out that Rechid Bey owned a sugar plantation, with a house on it, near Luxor.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • We have said that this avenue of sphinxes led to the temple of Luxor.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Here, in two or three days, one may study the ruins of Luxor, Karnak and Thebes—names that the historian still conjures with.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • Cairo and Luxor and the Parthenon had always appealed to his imagination.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • Since they had arrived in Luxor he had been seeking for a motive.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for Luxor


a town in S Egypt, on the River Nile: the southern part of the site of ancient Thebes; many ruins and tombs, notably the temple built by Amenhotep III (about 1411–1375 bc). Pop: 183 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for Luxor

place in Egypt, from Arabic al-Kusur, literally "the palaces," from plural of kasr, which is from Latin castrum "fortified camp" (see castle). There are remains of Roman camps nearby.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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