caravan

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noun

car·​a·​van ˈker-ə-ˌvan How to pronounce caravan (audio)
ˈka-rə-
1
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)
2
a
: a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters
b
British : trailer sense 1b

caravan

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verb

caravanned or caravaned; caravanning or caravaning

intransitive verb

: to travel in a caravan

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Several similar caravans have crossed into the U.S. illegally in recent months. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 22 Jan. 2024 Merchants and pilgrims made their way to the Middle East and Mediterranean world via its caravan routes and docks. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2024 As the sirens of a police escort blare, the caravan of cars and the tree make its way down the curving mountain roads and into town, where local news stations and hundreds of residents wait in the main square. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 As the saying goes, the dogs barked and the caravan moved on. John R. Bolton, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Trump and other Republicans made a migrant caravan moving toward the U.S. a rallying cry in 2018, though Democrats flipped control of the House with a net gain of more than 40 seats. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 25 Jan. 2024 Every week, thousands of migrants from West and Central Africa leave from the station in this gateway city to the Sahara aboard a caravan of pickup trucks, traveling for days toward North Africa, where many will then try to cross the Mediterranean in a quest to reach Europe. Elian Peltier Carmen Abd Ali, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 The closure sent caravans of tourists heading south on Highway 1 to safer places further down the coast. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 The caravan set out Sunday from the city of Tapachula and had walked about 45 miles through the heat to Escuintla in southern Chiapas state. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 28 Dec. 2023
Verb
Together, these mostly mother-child pairs caravaned by bus and by train across a homeland pocked by shelling and missile attacks. Freep.com, 9 June 2023 State officials have organized occasional convoys to let residents caravan through the northern closures to make supply runs. Victoria Kim Ian C. Bates, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2023 The enslaved woman who slogged on foot behind her Mormon master’s caravan from Mississippi to Utah, and in 1851, from Utah to L.A. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Firefighters have long been a part of the Tour de France caravan — the parade that winds through towns ahead of the peloton. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Three people in a large car caravan in the Brighton Park neighborhood were among nine people fatally shot overnight in Chicago, police said. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 Before the game, newspapers had mentioned the plan of many Pine Bluff Zebras fans to caravan to the game, and so the piercing eye of suspicion soon squinted at Little Rock High students. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2022 More than a few were skeptical of an EV off-roader, but everybody was on board for the plan: caravan a new Bronco, a Defender, and the R1T across two mountain ranges and a desert, and hit some technically difficult terrain along the way. David Ferry, Outside Online, 30 Sep. 2022 But an alderman says those activities are now merging with gang life and street violence after three people were fatally shot during a large car caravan in the Brighton Park neighborhood early Sunday. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān

First Known Use

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caravan was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Caravan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caravan. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

caravan

noun
car·​a·​van
ˈkar-ə-ˌvan
1
a
: a group (as of merchants or pilgrims) traveling together on a long journey through desert or dangerous regions
b
: a group of pack animals or of vehicles traveling together one behind the other
2
: a covered vehicle
especially : one equipped as traveling living quarters

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