seraglio

A seraglio refers to the apartments or rooms where a group of Turkish Muslim women live together, especially if they are a man's wives and concubines. In other words, a seraglio is a harem.

Thanks to Mozart's opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio," this word will always retain a slot in English — despite its being merely an Italian loan from an originally Turkish word meaning "Muslim women's quarters." "The Heist from the Harem" might have been just as good a translation of Mozart's title, but it somehow lacks the dignity we associate with grand opera.

Definitions of seraglio
  1. noun
    living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
    synonyms: hareem, harem, serail
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    type of:
    living quarters, quarters
    housing available for people to live in
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