caravansary (ˌkærəˈvænsərɪ)

/ (ˌkærəˈvænsəˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ) /

nounplural -rais or -ries
  1. (in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans

Origin of caravanserai

C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn

Words Nearby caravanserai

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How to use caravanserai in a sentence

  • Paris, as the old stagers regretfully assure us, was Paris then, and not the caravanserai of all the nations of the world.

    Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • Here is a pretentious and fairly comfortable caravanserai, facing a court which is shaded by magnificent plane trees.

    The Gates of India | Thomas Holdich
  • No questions were asked at the barrier; and we rode on quietly till nine o'clock, when we drove under the shed of a caravanserai.

  • The lower part of Master Anthony's house was a sort of free hostel, like the caravanserai of the East.

    The White Plumes of Navarre | Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • On the eastern side there is a square courtyard like an Arab caravanserai, where cattle are penned.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler