Caravansary Car`a*van"sa*ry, n.; pl. {Caravansaries}. [F. caravans['e]rai, fr. Per. karw[=a]nsar[=a]["i]; karw[=a]n caravan + -sar[=a]["i] palace, large house, inn.] A kind of inn, in the East, where caravans rest at night, being a large, rude, unfurnished building, surrounding a court. [Written also {caravanserai} and {caravansera}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • caravansary — caravanserial /kar euh van sear ee euhl/, adj. /kar euh van seuh ree/, n., pl. caravansaries. 1. (in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans. 2. any large inn or hotel. Also, caravanserai …   Universalium

  • caravansary — or caravanserai noun (plural ries or rais or rai) Etymology: Persian kārvānsarāī, from kārvān caravan + sarāī palace, inn Date: 1599 1. an inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where caravans rest at night 2. hotel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caravansary — car·a van·sa·ry || ‚kærÉ™ vænsÉ™rɪ n. inn which accommodates caravans (in the Orient); inn or hotel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • caravansary — n.; (also caravansera) Tavern (in the East), khan, inn, public house, house of entertainment …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • caravansary — car·a·van·sa·ry …   English syllables

  • caravansary — car•a•van•sa•ry [[t]ˌkær əˈvæn sə ri[/t]] also car•a•van•se•rai [[t] səˌraɪ, ˌreɪ[/t]] n. pl. sa•ries also se•rais 1) (in the Near East) an inn, usu. with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans 2) any large inn or hotel •… …   From formal English to slang

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  • caravansary — noun an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans • Syn: ↑caravanserai, ↑khan, ↑caravan inn • Hypernyms: ↑hostel, ↑hostelry, ↑inn, ↑lodge, ↑aub …   Useful english dictionary

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