- (in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
- any large inn or hotel.
Also car·a·van·se·rai [kar-uh-van-suh-rahy, -rey] /ˌkær əˈvæn səˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ/.
Origin of caravansary
1590–1600; < French caravanserai < Persian kārwānsarāy, equivalent to kārwān caravan + sarāy mansion, inn
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Examples from the Web for caravansary
Then he sat in some caravansary, and guarded the candle flame.Christ Legends
You must return to the Caravansary that guards these treasures.The Incredible Honeymoon
By this time, Mowbray and Sainton had entered the caravansary.The Great Mogul
At the Caravansary there had been sharp disapproval of the whole thing.
At the Caravansary they had scented tragedy, and Kate faced them with the paragraph.
Word Origin and History for caravansary
alternative spelling of caravanserai.
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