/si ral"yoh, -rahl"-/, n., pl. seraglios.
1. the part of a Muslim house or palace in which the wives and concubines are secluded; harem.
2. a Turkish palace, esp. of the sultan. Also called serail /seuh ruy", -ruyl", -rayl"/.
[1575-85; < It serraglio < Pers saray palace; sense development in It perh. influenced by serrare to lock up]

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