from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of central Egypt on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Built partially on the site of ancient Thebes, it includes the Temple of Luxor built in the reign of Amenhotep III and added to significantly by Rameses II, who had colossal statues of himself erected at the complex. Population: 198,000.

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  • n. a city in central Egypt on the east bank of the Nile that is a center for visitors to the ruins of and around Thebes


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  • Lady Duff Gordon settles in Luxor, in a small household consisting of Sally and the resourceful Egyptian dragoman they found they needed to deal with the intricacies of a different culture.

    Arabian Nights « Tales from the Reading Room

  • As well as this, I had been to Egypt once, including spending time in Luxor, and had loved it, so was very happy to find myself writing a novel set there.

    Arabian Nights « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Government officials say they have stepped up security for a Coptic festival that about two million Christians are expected to attend in Luxor, south of Nag Hammadi.

    Al-Qaida Threatens Christians in Egypt, Elsewhere in Middle East

  • In November of 1997, after a massacre in Luxor that killed fifty-eight tourists and provoked overwhelming revulsion, Egypt's Gamaa al-Islamiya halted its armed struggle.


  • The advent of a season of joy and peace marks a time of new beginnings in Luxor, with delightful additions to the growing Emerson family and fascinating wonders waiting to be discovered beneath the shifting Egyptian sands.

    Children of The Storm: Summary and book reviews of Children of The Storm by Elizabeth Peters.

  • Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn of a new royal tomb ransacked by thieves.

    The Golden One: Summary and book reviews of The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters.

  • At the Sheraton hotel in Luxor a few tourists were braving the geopolitics — some Europeans, a couple of Japanese, and a scattering of doughty American retirees of the type who can't get along without L.L. Bean boat bags.

    Letter From Egypt

  • The Temple of Luxor is downtown, and nearby are the Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple, Hatshepsut's Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the Ramesseum, with the gigantic shattered statue of Ramses II that inspired Shelley to write "Ozymandias."

    Letter From Egypt

  • Luxor is the site of the ancient sacred city of Thebes, 419 miles upstream from Cairo.

    Letter From Egypt

  • My guide in Luxor, Ibrahim, was one of those people — rare among tour guides — who are impelled to tell the truth.

    Letter From Egypt


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