Their joy is such as that of the pasha of a seraglio; they revel with ideas, they get drunk at the founts of intellect.
He led the way until they came to a gallery that overlooked the seraglio.
If you wish to understand something of the curious indifference that hangs, like moss, about the Turk, visit seraglio Point.
What cry was that which startles the seraglio from its siesta?
The ministry of the Ottoman Porte was distracted by factions, and the seraglio threatened with tumults.
Woman was no longer the captive of the seraglio, nor the chronicler of small beer.
The angel of sleep had spread her wings over the seraglio of Moley Pasha.
So Quasimodo had fifteen bells in his seraglio; but big Marie was his favorite.
Just at this time the artillery arrived under the walls of the seraglio.
But the ladies of the king's seraglio were his principal customers.
"harem," also the name of a former palace of the sultan in Istanbul, 1580s, from Italian seraglio, alteration of Turkish saray "palace, court," from Persian sara'i "palace, inn," from Iranian base *thraya- "to protect" (cf. Avestan thrayeinti "they protect"), from PIE *tra-, variant form of root *tere- "to cross over, pass through, overcome" (see through).
The Italian word probably reflects folk etymology influence of serraglio "enclosure, cage," from Medieval Latin serraculum "bung, stopper" (see serried).