- (in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
- any large inn or hotel.
Origin of caravansary
Examples from the Web for caravanserai
Historical Examples of caravanserai
It then became a question of a square meal at the caravanserai.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
The Sultan entered a caravanserai, where he found several merchants.
A caravanserai is not ill adapted to the purposes for which it is meant.Eothen
A. W. Kinglake
Probably the reference is only to a resting-place or caravanserai.Bible Studies
Joseph M. Wheeler
I will send you a picture of my Caravanserai, into which beasts come in and out.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
- (in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans
Word Origin for caravanserai
alternative spelling of caravanserai.