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. Also called In both senses also called serai .
Origin of caravansaryFrench caravanserai from Persian kārvānsarāy kārvān caravan sarāy camp, palace ; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative spelling of caravanserai.