noun, plural car·a·van·sa·ries.

(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
Related formscar·a·van·se·ri·al [kar-uh-van-seer-ee-uh l] /ˌkær ə vænˈsɪər i əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for caravansary

lodge, hostelry, hotel, inn, khan, serai

Examples from the Web for caravansary

Historical Examples of caravansary

  • 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

Word Origin and History for caravansary

alternative spelling of caravanserai.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper