• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Serai A palace; a seraglio; also, in the East, a place for the accommodation of travelers; a caravansary, or rest house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serai In Eastern countries, an inclosed place for the accommodation of travelers; a caravansary; a khan; a choltry.
    • n serai A seraglio, or place of seclusion for women.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Serai se-rä′i a khan, a caravansary: a seraglio for women.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per. serāï, or sarā,ï, a palace, a king's court, a seraglio, an inn. Cf. Caravansary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pers. serai, a palace.


In literature:

Je serai en ton aide.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
Then, supported by the 1st Fusiliers, the same regiment dashed across the road and burst open the gates of the serai.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Mais il a plu a Dieu me remettre en bonne mesure, ainsi j'espere que je ne serai empeche d'achever mon voyage.
"A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II." by Bulstrode Whitelocke
Not thus was Hassan wont to fly When Leila dwelt in his Serai.
"The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7)" by Lord Byron
On coming near the Serai, (governor's house,) the ladies of the Hhareem were looking out of the lattices upon the cavalcade.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
I had only been there some three or four days when, in the course of a morning stroll, I found myself in front of the Wallach Serai.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
Je serai grand et toi riche, Puisque nous nous aimerons.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
The head of Ali was exposed at the gate of the serai.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
En verite je serais bien embarrasse de le dire.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Je serai toujours a vos ordres, Monsieur le Ministre.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
Their accommodation is the stable of a khan, or serai, shared with their camel.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
My memory always turns back to that afternoon at Meerunke-serai when I read any attack on the good name of Hodson of Hodson's Horse.
"Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-59" by William Forbes-Mitchell
Similarly for the repairs of serais a sum of rupees 100 per annum for each serai will be given.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
Our next halt, which we reached in the middle of the morning, was a serai standing by itself on a low ridge.
"A Kut Prisoner" by H. C. W. Bishop
But to return to the palace of Bagtche Serai.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
Take ye these to the lowest serais and open the twelve doors, closing carefully each of them in turn after thee.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians" by Woislav M. Petrovitch
Serais-je plus heureuse Dans les bras de mon amant?
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
Thou knowest the old Tuglak tombs about Biggaya's Serai?
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
Without a pause he crept on across the room and looked through the door at its opposite end, which gave on the arcaded square of the serai.
"The Mercy of the Lord" by Flora Annie Steel
His mutes were no longer to be distinguished from the other slaves of the Serai, for all conversed by signs.
"Constantinople" by William Holden Hutton

In poetry:

If It be pleasant to look on, stalled in the packed serai,
Does not the Young Man try Its temper and pace ere he buy?
If She be pleasant to look on, what does the Young Man say?
"Lo! She is pleasant to look on, give Her to me to-day!"
"Certain Maxims of Hafiz" by Rudyard Kipling