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Definition of caravanserai noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    caravanserai

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkærəˈvænsəraɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærəˈvænsəraɪ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌkærəˈvænsəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærəˈvænsəri//
     
    (especially US English caravansary
    BrE BrE//ˌkærəˈvænsəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkærəˈvænsəri//
     
    (pl. caravansaries))
     
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  1. 1in the past, a place where travellers could stay in desert areas of Asia and N Africa
  2. 2(formal) a group of people travelling together
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Persian kārwānsarāy, from kārwān ‘caravan’ + sarāy ‘palace’.