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caravansary

[ kar-uh-van-suh-ree ]
/ ˌkær əˈvæn sə ri /
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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.

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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 kārwāncaravan + sarāy mansion, inn

OTHER WORDS FROM caravansary

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