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caravansary

caravansary

noun car·a·van·sa·ry \ˌker-ə-ˈvan(t)-sə-rē, ˌka-rə-\
plural car·a·van·sa·ries or car·a·van·se·rais or car·a·van·se·rai

Definition of CARAVANSARY

1
:  an inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where caravans rest at night
2
:  hotel, inn

Variants of CARAVANSARY

car·a·van·sa·ry or car·a·van·se·rai \-sə-ˌrī\

Examples of CARAVANSARY

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

Origin of CARAVANSARY

Persian kārvānsarāī, from kārvān caravan + sarāī palace, inn
First Known Use: 1599

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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