noun, plural car·a·van·sa·ries.
- caravaggio, michelangelo merisi da,
Origin of caravansary
Examples from the Web for caravanserai
Even larger than the city inn is the caravanserai where my pony was stabled; it is more like a barracks than an inn.An Australian in China|George Ernest Morrison
I have known them make great discoveries during my service in this caravanserai.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
In the best chamber of the caravanserai Venetia Corona was sitting, listless in the heat, when her attendant entered.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
And in her gaudy bedroom, in the caravanserai that had been her idea of luxury, his wife lay dead.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
The chappa khanehs, or post-houses, are often a trifle cleaner than the caravanserai.Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia|M. E. Hume-Griffith
noun plural -rais or -ries
Word Origin for caravanserai
1590s, carvanzara, "Eastern inn (with a large central court) catering to caravans," ultimately from Persian karwan-sarai, from karwan (see caravan) + sara'i "palace, mansion; inn," from Iranian base *thraya- "to protect" (see seraglio).
alternative spelling of caravanserai.