caravansary

[kar-uh-van-suh-ree]
noun, plural caravansaries.
1.
(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
2.
any large inn or hotel.
Also, caravanserai [kar-uh-van-suh-rahy, -rey] .


Origin:
1590–1600; < French caravanserai < Persian kārwānsarāy, equivalent to kārwān caravan + sarāy mansion, inn

caravanserial [kar-uh-van-seer-ee-uhl] , adjective
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caravanserai or caravansary (ˌkærəˈvænsəˌraɪ, -ˌreɪ, ˌkærəˈvænsərɪ)
 
n , pl -rais, -ries
(in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans
 
[C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn]
 
caravansary or caravansary
 
n
 
[C16: from Persian kārwānsarāī caravan inn]

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caravansary
alt. spelling of caravanserai.
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Example sentences
Here and there you see the arch of a caravansary, where for centuries traders stopped to refresh their animals.
Walk up past the old caravansary and follow the signs to the castle to enjoy spectacular views of the city, mountains and sea.
At one big caravansary the duke behind the counter was unusually disdainful in manner, even for a hotel clerk.
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