noun \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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Group of merchants, pilgrims, or travelers journeying together, usually for mutual protection, in deserts or other hostile regions. The camel was the most common means of transport. Caravans have been described since the beginning of recorded history, and they were a major factor in the growth of settlements along their routes. One caravan trail developed into the Silk Road. During the height of caravan travel, which lasted until the 19th century, a single caravan of Muslim pilgrims journeying from Cairo and Damascus to Mecca might employ as many as 10,000 camels.


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