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serai

[ suh-rah-ee, suh-rahy ]
/ səˈrɑ i, səˈraɪ /
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noun, plural se·ra·is.

(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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serai
/ (sɛˈraɪ) /

noun

(in the East) a caravanserai or inn

Word Origin for serai

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