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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As part of the deal, the arrival and departure of ships will be conducted in the form of a caravan accompanied by a lead ship. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Ukraine has called for shipping companies to take part in a caravan to transport grain but says efforts to resume grain exports will not be easy following Russia’s missile strike on the port of Odessa. David Walker, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 Organizer Luis Villagran told Fox News that about 80% of migrants in the caravan, approximately 9,000, have received a migratory multiple form (FMM). Elizabeth Heckman, Fox News, 13 June 2022 Most of those in the caravan are poor and hoping for better opportunities in the United States. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Migrants walk in a caravan to reach the U.S. border in Tapachula, Mexico, June 6. WSJ, 7 June 2022 Casey White was transported back to Alabama in a caravan of armored vehicles. Faith Karimi, CNN, 13 May 2022 The Los Angeles Times reported just 40 guests headed to the church in a caravan after discreetly gathering at a local high school. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Soon after that, a caravan of nearly 40 trucks, many waving American flags, were driving down the beach in an act of civil disobedience. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In politics, the media caravan moves swiftly on, and a vicious battle for the succession is now the big news story. Stephen Castle,, 2 Aug. 2022 Some have compared it to the alarming reports, leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, about a massive migrant caravan from Central America traveling to the U.S.-Mexican border. al, 17 July 2022 Topping it off, a handful of classic cars will caravan from LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, to Detroit, via some of America’s finest national parks and a stop at The Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 Around Virginia, buses were being plastered with banners and ham radio operators were gearing up to coordinate a potentially massive gun-rights caravan to the state Capitol on Monday. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2021 Donald Trump couldn’t make that fearsome caravan a decisive issue in 2018. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 His one-man-caravan heads West by Midwest twice around the July 30 release of his new record for Smithsonian Folkways, culminating Nov. 13 at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Police shut off traffic on a number of nearby streets to accommodate the large crowds and an adjacent car caravan on Chicago Avenue. William Lee,, 28 Feb. 2022 The fury continued into Sunday night, as yet another car caravan traveled through the city, stopping outside what is believed to be Huffman's home, reports CBS News. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Caravan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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