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caravansary

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noun car·a·van·sa·ry \ˌker-ə-ˈvan(t)-sə-rē, ˌka-rə-\

Definition of caravansary

plural car·a·van·sa·ries or car·a·van·se·rais or car·a·van·se·rai

  1. 1 :  an inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where caravans rest at night

  2. 2 :  hotel, inn



Examples of caravansary

  1. <a caravansary designed specifically for self-styled cheapskates>



Variants of caravansary

or car·a·van·se·rai play \-sə-ˌrī\

Origin of caravansary

Persian kārvānsarāī, from kārvān caravan + sarāī palace, inn


First Known Use: 1599


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