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

Where caravans departed on distant missions of peaceful commerce. Ahmed Awad Binmubarak, WSJ, "Keep Your Revolution to Yourself, Iran," 14 Feb. 2019 Beginning with a quartet for four women, all in flat ballet slippers, Blanc created the impression of a caravan, women linked together like goddesses or muses. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 The first few dozen migrants from the caravan, wearing white armbands to identify themselves, walked up to the San Ysidro entry point Sunday night but were not allowed to enter. Author: Maya Averbuch, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Migrant caravan blocked at border; waiting drags into second day," 1 May 2018 In Tijuana there were protests against migrants last year when a caravan of some 5,000 migrants arrived there after a month-long trek across Mexico. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexico to Receive Some Migrants From the U.S.," 25 Jan. 2019 Since a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana last month after walking, hitchhiking and taking buses across Mexico, daily apprehensions in the San Diego sector have jumped about 45 percent. Daniel Ochoa De Olza, The Seattle Times, "Border clash marks 2nd use of tear gas in just over a month," 2 Jan. 2019 The Swoosh Effect: an occasional series Brad Schmidt and Jeff Manning | The Oregonian/OregonLive A caravan of coaches paced the empty halls at Sandy High School in search of a symbol. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State: TV channel, live stream, score updates for NCAA women's basketball championship," 1 Apr. 2018 None of them mentioned marauding caravans massing at the southern border. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Russia Did Not Help Me!”," 3 Feb. 2019 Calls to join a new caravan in February are also already circulating in social media. Juan Montes, WSJ, "New Caravan Grows as Mexico Eases Passage," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The next day, when the policy was scheduled to go into effect, dozens of drivers caravaned to Uber’s office in downtown Dallas and planted themselves outside until company officials met with them. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Uber Drivers and Others in the Gig Economy Take a Stand," 2 Feb. 2016

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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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