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noun car·a·van \ˈker-ə-ˌvan, ˈka-rə-\

: a group of people or animals traveling together on a long journey especially through the desert

: a group of vehicles (such as cars or wagons) traveling together

Full Definition of CARAVAN

a :  a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also :  a train of pack animals
b :  a group of vehicles traveling together (as in a file)
a :  a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters
b British :  trailer 3b

Examples of CARAVAN

  1. <a funeral caravan slowly making its way down the street>
  2. <bought a caravan and drove cross-country to California>

Origin of CARAVAN

Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān
First Known Use: 1588

Other Vehicles Terms

brougham, hansom, litter, shay, skid, sledge, sulky, wain



: to travel from one place to another in a group of vehicles

caravanned or caravanedcaravan·ning or caravan·ing

Full Definition of CARAVAN

intransitive verb
:  to travel in a caravan

Examples of CARAVAN

  1. We caravaned to the campsite.

First Known Use of CARAVAN

CARAVANED Defined for Kids


noun car·a·van \ˈker-ə-ˌvan\

Definition of CARAVAN for Kids

:  a group (of people or animals) traveling together on a long journey
:  a group of vehicles traveling together one behind the other


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