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 (sə-rä′ē, -rī)
n. pl. se·ra·is
2. See seraglio.

[Turkish saray, palace; see seraglio.]
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(in the East) a caravanserai or inn
[C17: from Turkish saray palace, from Persian sarāī palace; see caravanserai]
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(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]
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References in classic literature ?
'We shall get good lodging at the Kashmir Serai,' said Kim, laughing at his perplexity.
Half pushed, half towed, he arrived at the high gate of the Kashmir Serai: that huge open square over against the railway station, surrounded with arched cloisters, where the camel and horse caravans put up on their return from Central Asia.
It was intrigue of some kind, Kim knew; but its worth lay in saying nothing whatever to anyone except Mahbub, who gave him beautiful meals all hot from the cookshop at the head of the serai, and once as much as eight annas in money.
He had never passed the serai gate since his arrival two days ago, but had been ostentatious in sending telegrams to Bombay, where he banked some of his money; to Delhi, where a sub-partner of his own clan was selling horses to the agent of a Rajputana state; and to Umballa, where an Englishman was excitedly demanding the pedigree of a white stallion.
Then Mahbub Ali rolled across the serai to the Gate of the Harpies who paint their eyes and trap the stranger, and was at some pains to call on the one girl who, he had reason to believe, was a particular friend of a smooth-faced Kashmiri pundit who had waylaid his simple Balti in the matter of the telegrams.
thief!] that sets the serai ablaze of nights; but he looked more carefully, and, hand on amulet, drew his own conclusions.
The lama rose obediently, and they passed out of the serai like shadows.
"Je serais jamais t'oublier," ran the frightful answers!
Later, elders held talks with deputy commissioner Jehangir Azam Wazir and district police officer Qasim Ali Khan in Serai Gambila police station and demanded suspension of Naurang circle DSP and station house officer of Shaheed Asmatullah Khan Khattak police station, transparent and quick investigation into the incident and arrest of killers without delay.
Nausherwan said we had partnered with Serai Fight Night (SFN) to promote MMA in Pakistan.
After their efforts in cricket, now they have joined hands with Serai Fight Night to promote MMA in Pakistan.
The Serai's most lavish offering is the Royal Suite; an isolated encampment with private garden, spa, outdoor pool and separate tents to both dine and recline.