caravanserai

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.

caravanserai
1599, "Eastern inn (with a large central court) catering to caravans," from Pers. karwan-sarai, from karwan (see caravan) + sara "palace, mansion, inn."
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