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[suh-rah-ee, suh-rahy]
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noun, plural se·ra·is.
  1. (in Eastern countries) a caravansary.
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Origin of serai

1600–10; < Turkish seray < Persian sarāy abode, palace; see caravansary
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Historical Examples

  • The tribesmen poured into the bazaar and attacked the serai on all sides.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force

    Sir Winston S. Churchill

  • "Be sure to come down to the Serai to-morrow," were their parting words.

  • The scene in the Serai proved that they were complete to the native mind.

  • The natives came to visit us in the serai during the evening.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet

    A. Henry Savage Landor

  • He destroyed a battery and magazine, and set a village and serai on fire.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for serai


  1. (in the East) a caravanserai or inn
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Word Origin

C17: from Turkish saray palace, from Persian sarāī palace; see caravanserai
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