car·a·van·sa·ry (kăr′ə-vănsə-rē) also car·a·van·se·rai (-rī′)
n. pl. car·a·van·sa·riesalso car·a·van·se·rais
1. An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
2. A large inn or hostelry. In both senses also called serai.
[French caravanserai, from Persian kārvānsarāy : kārvān, caravan; see CARAVAN + sarāy, camp, palace; see terə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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