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Definition of "caravansary" [car•a•van•sa•ry]

  • An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans along trade routes in central and western Asia. (noun)
  • A large inn or hostelry. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caravansary" in a sentence
  • "WHEN the eastern traveler takes shelter from the scorching heat of noon, or halts for the night, in some inn or caravansary, which is, for the time, the house of his pilgrimage, he takes the sackbut or the lyre and sooths his rest with a song-a song it may be of war, romance, or love."
  • "The building is a caravansary with halal eateries, Internet cafes, Bollywood video kiosks, groceries, barber shops, a laundry, currency exchanges and an Islamic bookstore."
  • "It isn't a city, it's a caravansary, and its population is constantly shifting."