caravansary

[kar-uh-van-suh-ree]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. caratinga,
  2. caravaggio,
  3. caravaggio, michelangelo merisi da,
  4. caravan,
  5. caravanner,
  6. caravanserai,
  7. caravel,
  8. caraway,
  9. carb,
  10. carb-

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

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British Dictionary definitions for caravanserai

caravanserai

caravansary (ˌkærəˈvænsərɪ)

noun plural -rais or -ries

(in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans

Word Origin for caravanserai

C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn

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