CARAVANSÉRAI
. s. m.
(Quelques-uns disent, Caravansérail. ) Espèce d'hôtellerie, dans le Levant, où les caravanes sont reçues gratuitement, ou pour un prix modique.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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