caravansary[kar′ə van′sə rē]
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also car·a·van·se·rainoun pl. car·a·van·sa·ries also car·a·van·se·rais In both senses also called serai.
- An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
- A large inn or hostelry.
Origin: French caravanserai, from Persian kārvānsarāy : kārvān, caravan + sarāy, camp, palace; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.