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 (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- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌkær əˈvæn sə ri)

also car•a•van•se•rai

(-səˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ)

n., pl. -sa•ries also -se•rais.
1. (in the Near East) an inn, usu. with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
2. any large inn or hotel.
[1590–1600; < French < Persian kārwānsarāy=kārwān caravan + sarāy mansion, inn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caravansary - an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravanscaravansary - an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
auberge, hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge - a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
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