Caravanserai



(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
any large inn or hotel.
Historical Examples

I’ll send a letter to Hazael, the Essene, and after having delivered the message they can remain at the caravanserai in Jericho.
The Brook Kerith George Moore

The Sultan entered a caravanserai, where he found several merchants.
Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers Various

We could cash checks for any reasonable sum in this caravanserai merely on our appearance as men of education and property.
Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson

At half-past seven next morning, we emerged from the caravanserai.
Notes in North Africa W. G. Windham

At the caravanserai where I lodged, there was a hump-backed Ganymede, of the most hideous kind.
Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise

That caravanserai can accommodate 1000 men in rooms, and 1500 mules.
Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2) Isabella L. Bird

Then at the turning of the road we came to the caravanserai.
Greenmantle John Buchan

I only use it as a caravanserai, and alight there for a little, on a journey.
Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Jussuf followed him in deep thought, and, soon arriving at the town, they entered the caravanserai.
Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers Various

It was Hassan’s voice; we were at the door of the caravanserai.
By Desert Ways to Baghdad Louisa Jebb

noun (pl) -rais, -ries
(in some Eastern countries esp formerly) a large inn enclosing a courtyard providing accommodation for caravans
n.

1590s, carvanzara, “Eastern inn (with a large central court) catering to caravans,” ultimately from Persian karwan-sarai, from karwan (see caravan) + sara’i “palace, mansion; inn,” from Iranian base *thraya- “to protect” (see seraglio).
n.

alternative spelling of caravanserai.

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