from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia.
- n. A large inn or hostelry.
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- n. Alternative spelling of caravanserai.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of inn, in the East, where caravans rest at night, being a large, rude, unfurnished building, surrounding a court.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East, a place appointed for receiving and lodging caravans; a kind of inn where the caravans rest at night, being a large square building, with a spacious court in the middle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
French caravanserai, from Persian kārvānsarāy : kārvān, caravan + sarāy, camp, palace.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)