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Alcazar \Al*ca"zar\, n. [ fr. Ar. al the + qacr (in pl.) a castle.] A fortress; also, a royal palace.
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n. A Moorish fortress in Spain


n. any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors


An alcázar is a type of Moorish castle or palace in Spain and Portugal built during Muslim rule, although some were founded by Christians. Most of the alcázars were built between the 8th and 15th centuries. Many cities in Spain have an alcázar. Palaces built in the Moorish style after the expulsion of the Moors from Spain are often referred to as alcazars as well.

Alcazar (band)

Alcazar is a Swedish nu-disco group which has established themselves as one of Sweden's most successful music groups both nationally and internationally with a string of hits since their debut single in 1999. Worldwide, Alcazar sold over 12 million records between 2001 and 2004. Alcazar have also had success around the world with their song " Crying at the Discoteque", having charted in USA, Brazil, Australia, Japan and most countries in Europe.

Alcazar disbanded in August 2011 after a concert at Stockholm Pride. They reunited again in 2013 ahead of Melodifestivalen 2014.


Alcazar, Alcázar ( Spanish), Alcácer ( Portuguese), Alcàsser ( Catalan), are all transliterations of the Arabic word al qasr , meaning "the castle", "palace" or "fortress". It may refer to:

Alcazar (Paris)

The Alcazar (later Alcazar d'Hiver) was a Café-concert which opened in 1858, located at 10 Rue du Faubourg Poissonière in Paris, and closed in 1902.

This café-concert was first directed by Joseph Mayer, then by Arsène Goubert who attracted the singer Thérésa (Emma Valladon) from her position at the Eldorado. She sang for the first time as a comic actress and gained a triumph, becoming the first true star of the café-concert.

Goubert acquired another establishment, on the Champs-Elysées, which he called " Alcazar d'Été", logically renaming the "Alcazar" to "Alcazar d'Hiver". On the departure of Thérésa, the place often changed names and proprietors. It was demolished in 1902 to be replaced by offices.

Alcazar (airline)

Alcazar was a 1993 proposal to merge Austrian Airlines, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Swissair to create Symphony, which would have been Europe's largest airline.

Usage examples of "alcazar".

Conyngham had been in Toledo before, and knew his way to the inn under the shadow of the great Alcazar, now burnt and ruined.

I ask that you swear a new oath to me: to lead this ship to Alcazar and let us aid your guild in ridding your people of this curse.

Though the morning sun climbed the blue sky, it had yet to rise above the heights of Alcazar to shine down into the tall, narrow yard.

Approached from the desert Alcazar appeared to be a plain pinnacle of stone, hut a natural vertical crack in its northern face led into an inner central courtyyard open to the sky above.

The plan was for him to recuperate at Alcazar while the others continued in their efforts to destroy the Basilisk Gate.

She wanted to be the first to glimpse Alcazar, to share a moment of private homecoming.

Five centuries ago, when the keep of Alcazar was first carved from the rock, the guild was fleeing from the sinking of Castle Drakk in southern Alasea.

Though he had been thwarted in Alcazar, the information he had gained was worth the loss.

There were five of them, led by Carlos Alcazar, the oldest and most feared of all the students.

Like all the other boys of their age except Carlos Alcazar, who boasted about having passed the test they looked at those women from afar, with veneration and fear.

Among the candidates was Lolita Pulido, the niece of Don Juan Alcazar, a gentle, coquettish fourteen, very different from her cousin Carlos.

Even though Alejandro de la Vega detested Juan Alcazar because of the incident with the Indians, he had to invite him and all his family because he was one of the important men of the town.

Besides, she had been sending him love notes for a year through her chaperone, which he had not answered, partly out of shyness but also because he had wanted to stay as far away as possible from any member of the Alcazar family, even a niece.

To get them, he needed Carlos Alcazar, the commander of El Diablo prison, who provided him with slaves for diving.

I used to go rather often to say mass, but I had words with Carlos Alcazar, and he forbade me to come.