- (in Eastern countries) a caravansary.
Origin of serai
1600–10; < Turkish seray < Persian sarāy abode, palace; see caravansary
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Examples from the Web for serai
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
- (in the East) a caravanserai or inn
C17: from Turkish saray palace, from Persian sarāī palace; see caravanserai
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