[ kar-uh-van-suh-ree ]
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noun,plural car·a·van·sa·ries.
  1. (in the Middle East and North Africa) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.

  2. any large inn or hotel.

Origin of caravansary

First recorded in 1590–1600; from French caravanserai, from Persian kārwānsarāy, equivalent to kārwān caravan + sarāy “mansion, inn”
  • Also car·a·van·se·rai [kar-uh-van-suh-rahy, -rey]. /ˌkær əˈvæn səˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ/.

Other words from caravansary

  • car·a·van·se·ri·al [kar-uh-van-seer-ee-uhl], /ˌkær ə vænˈsɪər i əl/, adjective

Words Nearby caravansary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use caravansary in a sentence

  • From which facts it can be inferred that Harleston was something of a personage at the big caravansary.

  • The master of the caravansary then appeared, bearing, in token of welcome, a basket of fruits arranged with great taste.

  • The night before its occurrence, the conversation at the caravansary turned to the candidates for the honors.

    The Precipice | Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • Sundays, as a matter of habit, and occasionally on other days, he was his aunt's guest at the caravansary.

    The Precipice | Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • Kate wrapped her old coat about her and made her solitary way to Mrs. Dennison's depressed caravansary.

    The Precipice | Elia Wilkinson Peattie