- (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 caravanserai
It then became a question of a square meal at the caravanserai.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
The Sultan entered a caravanserai, where he found several merchants.
A caravanserai is not ill adapted to the purposes for which it is meant.Eothen
A. W. Kinglake
Probably the reference is only to a resting-place or caravanserai.Bible Studies
Joseph M. Wheeler
I will send you a picture of my Caravanserai, into which beasts come in and out.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
- (in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans
C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn
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Word Origin and History for caravanserai
alternative spelling of caravanserai.
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