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caravan

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noun car·a·van \ˈker-ə-ˌvan, ˈka-rə-\

Definition of caravan

  1. 1a :  a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also :  a train of pack animalsb :  a group of vehicles traveling together (as in a file)

  2. 2a :  a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quartersb British :  trailer 1b

Examples of caravan in a Sentence

  1. a funeral caravan slowly making its way down the street

  2. bought a caravan and drove cross-country to California

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Origin and Etymology of caravan

Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān

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caravan

verb car·a·van

Definition of caravan

caravanned

or

caravaned

;

caravanning

or

caravaning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to travel in a caravan

Examples of caravan in a Sentence

  1. We caravaned to the campsite.

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First Known Use of caravan

1885


CARAVAN Defined for English Language Learners

caravan

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Definition of caravan for English Language Learners

  • : 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

caravan

verb

Definition of caravan for English Language Learners

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


CARAVAN Defined for Kids

caravan

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noun car·a·van \ˈker-ə-ˌvan\

Definition of caravan for Students

  1. 1 :  a group (of people or animals) traveling together on a long journey

  2. 2 :  a group of vehicles traveling together one behind the other



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