caravansary[kar′ə van′sə rē]
An historical caravansary in Turkey.
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 kārvānsarāy : kārvān, caravan + sarāy, camp, palace; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative spelling of caravanserai.