in the Near and Middle East, a kind of inn with a large central court, where caravans stop for the night
Origin of caravansaryFrench caravansérai ; from Persian k?rw?nsar?ï ; from k?rw?n, caravan + sar?ï, palace, mansion, inn
nounpl. car·a·van·sa·ries also car·a·van·se·rais
- An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
- A large inn or hostelry. In both senses also called serai.
Origin of caravansaryFrench caravanserai, from Persian karvansaray : karvan, caravan + saray, camp, palace; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative spelling of caravanserai.