car·​a·​van | \ ˈker-ə-ˌvan How to pronounce caravan (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of caravan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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)
2a : a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters
b British : trailer sense 1b


caravanned or caravaned; caravanning or caravaning

Definition of caravan (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to travel in a caravan

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Synonyms for caravan

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of caravan in a Sentence

Noun a funeral caravan slowly making its way down the street bought a caravan and drove cross-country to California Verb We caravaned to the campsite.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Workers participating in the caravan are employed at Ameristar in East Chicago, Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville and Majestic Star Casino in Gary. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Caravan of Indiana casino workers demonstrate for better working conditions," 15 May 2020 The Democratic primary caravan moves on to South Carolina. Ian Fisher,, "Your Weekend Reading: Cracks Develop," 7 May 2020 Due to concerns over the new coronavirus, it was scheduled to be a 30-minute caravan in which participants circled the block while honking their horns and chanting, Ruiz said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Group rallies outside Phoenix ICE office in favor of DACA ahead of Supreme Court ruling," 6 May 2020 How about organizing a teacher appreciation caravan? Lauren Lee, CNN, "With schools shut down, here are some ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day," 5 May 2020 A few days after his death, a 100-car caravan drove slowly past Corinne's home, flashing their hazard lights and waving, a tribute to her husband's legacy in the city. USA Today, "Heartbreak, prayer and mourning: US leads world in coronavirus deaths after deadliest week," 15 Apr. 2020 His small caravan traveled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Amman, Jordan, a 1,200-mile excursion that had not been done by camel in more than 50 years. Katharine Q. Seelye,, "William Polk, historian and Middle East envoy," 12 Apr. 2020 Arkansas Little Rock: The city is banning vehicle caravans during the coronavirus outbreak after a large crowd of vehicles gathered over the weekend. USA TODAY, "‘Covidiots,’ small victories, a tracking app: News from around our 50 states," 9 Apr. 2020 For the women who were still reeling from the passing of their beloved soror, the caravan visit came as a nice surprise. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Sorors Band Together To Bring Cheer After COVID-19 Death," 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Thursday, SEIU Healthcare Michigan caravaned around Ambassador, a Villa Center, on Jefferson in Detroit in a show of solidarity for nursing home workers., "Death toll rises as coronavirus sweeps through Michigan nursing homes," 12 Apr. 2020 According to Helix officials, the employees will caravan in three trucks, two from Helix and one from Padre Dam. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix, Padre Dam water district personnel heading up to Paradise," 12 Aug. 2019 From there, participants caravan by car to local sites, such as the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center and Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shelter to Soldier receives Petco grant," 15 June 2019 The next day, the family caravaned to Mendoza’s grandparents’ farm in rural San Vicente. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Going home after half a lifetime," 30 May 2018 The club meets once a month most months to caravan and show off their cars around town, or for weekend car shows or social gatherings during the week. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Bay Area MINI Cooper owner’s group rolls in Clear Lake," 24 May 2018 Reality: There is an annual event organized by activists where migrants caravan through Mexico to the US, designed to highlight the dangerous journey that immigrants must undertake to escape violent and unstable conditions in their home countries. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Trump on immigration: Fact check," 3 Apr. 2018 By the film's end, the ants caravan the confetti--a very human remain--down into holes in the earth. Pelican Bomb,, "Mardi Gras, through the eyes of an ant," 9 Feb. 2018 Demonstrators and protestors were then planning to caravan 25 miles north to Murfreesboro for a second rally. Stephanie Ingersoll, USA TODAY, "Tennessee towns brace for white nationalist rallies," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of caravan


1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caravan


Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān

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The first known use of caravan was in 1588

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24 May 2020

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“Caravan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of caravan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of caravan (Entry 2 of 2)

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


car·​a·​van | \ ˈker-ə-ˌvan How to pronounce caravan (audio) \

Kids Definition of caravan

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

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