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[kar-uh-van-suh-ree] /ˌkær əˈvæn sə ri/
noun, plural caravansaries.
(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
any large inn or hotel.
Also, caravanserai
[kar-uh-van-suh-rahy, -rey] /ˌkær əˈvæn səˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of caravansary
1590-1600; < French caravanserai < Persian kārwānsarāy, equivalent to kārwān caravan + sarāy mansion, inn
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[kar-uh-van-seer-ee-uh l] /ˌkær ə vænˈsɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he sat in some caravansary, and guarded the candle flame.

    Christ Legends Selma Lagerlf
  • You must return to the caravansary that guards these treasures.

  • By this time, Mowbray and Sainton had entered the caravansary.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • At the caravansary there had been sharp disapproval of the whole thing.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • At the caravansary they had scented tragedy, and Kate faced them with the paragraph.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • They replied with a volley of musketry into the caravansary, and another into the pagoda.

    With Clive in India

    G. A. Henty
  • The firing round the pagoda and caravansary were continuous.

    With Clive in India

    G. A. Henty
  • At the caravansary his squire came running out to hold his stirrup.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • But at that moment the keeper of the caravansary appeared in the doorway and looked upon Gud questioningly.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • Then suddenly changing the subject, he said: "How is that caravansary of yours in the Cuatro Caminos getting on?"

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
Word Origin and History for caravansary

alternative spelling of caravanserai.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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