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  • n. A roadside inn having a central courtyard where caravans can rest.
  • n. A home or shelter for caravans.

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

Etymologies

From Persian کاروانسرای (kârvânserây), from کاروان (kârvân) ‘caravan’ + سرای (sarây) ‘palace, dwelling’ or ‘enclosed courts’. (Wiktionary)

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  • Hold, monsters! Ere your pirate caravanserai
    Proceed, against our will, to wed us all,
    Just bear in mind that we are Wards in Chancery,
    And father is a Major-General!

    -- The Pirates of Penzance

    August 20, 2008