An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
A large inn or hostelry.
In the Near and Middle East, a kind of inn with a large central court, where caravans stop for the night.
Origin of caravansary
- French caravanserai from Persian kārvānsarāy kārvān caravan sarāy camp, palace terə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition