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car·a·van·sa·ry(kăr′ə-văn′sə-rē) also car·a·van·se·rai (-rī′)
n. pl. car·a·van·sa·ries also car·a·van·se·rais
1. An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
2. A large inn or hostelry. In both senses also called serai.
[French caravanserai, from Persian kārvānsarāy : kārvān, caravan + sarāy, camp, palace; see terə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
n, pl -rais or -ries
(in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans
[C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn]
caravanserai- A type of inn in Eastern countries where caravans are put up.
See also related terms for inn.