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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- in Indo-European roots.]
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caravanserai

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caravansarai

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caravansary

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]
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caravanserai

- A type of inn in Eastern countries where caravans are put up.
See also related terms for inn.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caravanserai - an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravanscaravanserai - 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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Translations

caravanserai

caravansary [ˌkærəˈvænsəraɪ, ˌkærəˈvænsərɪ] Ncaravasar m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

caravanserai

nKarawanserei f
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caravanserai

[ˌkærəˈvænsəˌraɪ] ncaravanserraglio
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References in classic literature ?
The lady whom they had come to see, if she were the present occupant of the house, appeared to have taken up her quarters there as she might have established herself in an Eastern caravanserai. A small square of carpet in the middle of the room, a few articles of furniture that evidently did not belong to the room, and a disorder of trunks and travelling articles, formed the whole of her surroundings.
Owned by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Al Badayer Oasis features 21 rooms and 10 tents, adorned with Arabian culture and ornaments that are inspired by ancient caravanserais, a statement from Shaza Hotels said.
Al Badayer Oasis is primed to be a sanctuary of relaxation bringing to life meaningful connections to the surroundings inspired by ancient caravanserais. Featuring 21 rooms and 10 tents, adorned with Arabian culture and ornaments reminiscent of a bygone era, Al Badayer Oasis is designed for glamorous camping.
Numerous unique monuments, including the Shirvanshahs Palace complex, mosques and minarets, the ruins of caravanserais and bathhouses make this place one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
In its tea shops and caravanserais travelers from all parts of the world would lean against carpet cushions and trade stories over cups of green tea.
Islamic Cairo AKA (Qahirat al-Moez) is a part of central Cairo around the old walled city and around the Citadel of Cairo; which is characterized by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications dating from the Islamic era.
Tash Rabat is one of Kyrgyzstan's most well-preserved Silk Road caravanserais, important waypoints that served as marketplaces, educational institutions, and inns for traders along the route.
The recent initiative by the government in establishing, 'serais' or caravanserais in the city are a step in the right direction for creating a social safety net, where none exists.
Discover the world's best-preserved Silk Road caravanserais, centuries old top monasteries and exceptional local cuisine.
Adventure seekers will be able to uncover the world's best-preserved Silk Road caravanserais, centuries old top monasteries and exceptional local cuisine.
From Spain to China, it created a network of open markets and caravanserais that fulfilled the necessities of traders organised in caravans (guild of traders).