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Examples of caravansary in a sentence
a caravansary designed specifically for self-styled cheapskates
Did You Know?
In the Middle East, caravans often lodged at caravansaries. These inns were quadrangular in form and enclosed by massive walls with small windows near the top. The central court, which was surrounded by an arcade and storerooms, was large enough to hold 300 to 400 camels. The name was formed from the word caravan and the Persian word sarāī, meaning "palace" or "inn." Caravansary can also be spelled caravanserai, and the word serai is used as a synonym for it.
Origin and Etymology of caravansary
Persian kārvānsarāī, from kārvān caravan + sarāī palace, inn
First Known Use: 1599
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