caravan

noun
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

caravan

verb
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

armada, cavalcade, fleet, line, motorcade, train

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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

Encore will also try to make buses glamorous with a caravan of premium motor coaches that pick up gamblers from suburban locations, as well as New Hampshire. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "The Encore casino has placed a multimillion-dollar bet to get people out of cars," 20 June 2019 Mujica, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, previously had been arrested in Mexico City in October 2018 as a large caravan of mostly Central Americans made its way to the border city of Tijuana. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Migrant-caravan organizer freed in Mexico after judge dismisses charges," 12 June 2019 The current scenario in the southern state of Chiapas is far removed from the atmosphere of months past, when tens of thousands of Central Americans — in organized caravans and in small groups — moved freely through the corridor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 The summer brought the family separation fiasco, and no amount of last-minute campaign hype about the caravan from Central America could save Republicans in the suburbs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Shutdown Over Something," 18 Dec. 2018 Fox News has escalated efforts to stoke fears about a caravan of Central American migrants amid clashes at the United States-Mexico border. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Fox News wants you to be very afraid of what’s happening at the border," 26 Nov. 2018 Human traffickers charge people $7,000 to spirit them from Honduras across the U.S. border.. The caravan was essentially free. Jim Wyss And Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Honduran man separated from son at U.S. border 2 months ago fears he 'lost everything'," 5 July 2018 This year’s journey, however, was thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks by Trump, who has angrily tweeted about the caravan. NBC News, "Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation," 23 Apr. 2018 His statements came amid a series of furious tweets about a caravan of Central American migrants that was traveling north through Mexico. Maya Rhodan, Time, "National Guard Troops Have Already Begun Patrolling the U.S.-Mexico Border," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, NOLA.com, "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 Many Louisville participants also plan to caravan to Frankfort to gather on the steps of the capitol from 7-9 p.m. to honor first responders and honor those who have died during a candle light vigil. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "The mother of a Louisville overdose victim fights the 'heroin wars' in her own way," 29 Aug. 2017 The Volkswagen community likes to caravan to other shows. Sheryl Devore, Naperville Sun, "Dub Fest shows off VWs, Audis," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of caravan

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caravan

Noun

Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān

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caravan

noun

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

caravan

verb

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

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

caravan

noun
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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