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[suh-vil] /səˈvɪl/
a port in SW Spain, on the Guadalquivir River: site of the Alcazar; cathedral.
Spanish Sevilla
[se-vee-lyah] /sɛˈvi lyɑ/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
[suh-vil-yuh n] /səˈvɪl yən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The principal centres of tinaja-making were Toledo, Seville, and Granada.

  • At Seville every man paid her some bold compliment on her appearance.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • “And little enough since,” thought I.  “You never before saw such a city as Seville,” said the third.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • I think so, for he was greatly beloved by his townspeople of Seville.

  • The other two are placed on lofty pedestals, and adorn the largest of the promenades of Seville, that called the Alameda.

    The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain; Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
  • At length he was liberated, and once more mixed with his friends at Seville.

    The Last Look W.H.G. Kingston
  • Fernando swam to shore, and the next day he set off for Seville.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
  • Over-fatigued by his return journey, he died shortly after his arrival in Seville.

    The Last Look W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Seville


a port in SW Spain, on the Guadalquivir River: chief town of S Spain under the Vandals and Visigoths (5th–8th centuries); centre of Spanish colonial trade (16th–17th centuries); tourist centre. Pop: 709 975 (2003 est) Ancient name Hispalis Spanish name Sevilla (seˈβiʎa)
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Word Origin and History for Seville

inland port city in Spain, Spanish Sevilla, ultimately from Phoenician, from sefela "plain, valley."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Seville in Culture

Seville definition

City in southwestern Spain on the Guadalquivir River; a major port and cultural center.

Note: Seville is the capital of bullfighting in Spain.
Note: Two famous operas, Carmen and The Barber of Seville, are set in Seville.
Note: According to legend, Don Juan lived in Seville.
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