caravansary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Anglicization of caravanserai[1] (from Persian), influenced by -ery (place of), as if “place of caravans” by misanalysis caravan + -s- ((interfix)) + -ary.

Noun[edit]

caravansary (plural caravanserai)

  1. Alternative spelling of caravanserai

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Partridge, Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, p. 728