caravan

noun
car·a·van | \ ˈker-ə-ˌvan , 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

Immigration officials identified the woman as Jeffry Hernandez, but LGBTQ rights advocates and caravan organizers said her name was Roxana. Annie Rose Ramos /, NBC News, "Transgender migrant from Honduras dies in U.S. custody," 30 May 2018 Now a career 13–9 in elimination games, James leads the caravan back to Boston. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "LeBron James Helps Cavs Stave Off Elimination, Sets Up Winner-Take-All Game 7," 25 May 2018 Still, caravan organizers escorted some 50 participants along the long, elevated pedestrian walkway at El Chaparral that leads from Tijuana to the entrance to the United States in San Diego. The New York Times, cleveland.com, "Migrant caravan, after grueling trip, reaches U.S. border," 30 Apr. 2018 Irineo Mujica, a caravan organizer, said asylum-seekers who crossed the bridge remained in a waiting area on Mexican soil Monday. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Central American asylum seekers are denied US entry for 2nd day," 30 Apr. 2018 About 300 people remained in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo to apply for humanitarian visas, said Mujica, the caravan organizer. Author: Maya Averbuch, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "At end of migrant caravan on US border, families fear what comes next," 30 Apr. 2018 Another caravan member who said good-bye to a loved one was Brenda Leticia De La Cruz Figueroa of Guatemala. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A day of good-byes and clean up after the last caravan members enter the U.S.," 4 May 2018 Mexican officials have gone to lengths to accommodate caravan members during their monthlong journey, allowing them to traverse the country and sometimes travel under police escort. Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Tensions simmer in Mexico as asylum seekers wait at U.S. border," 2 May 2018 The caravan members spent most of Monday waiting at the crowded, makeshift campsite, covered in blankets and tarps. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Immigration Officials Begin Processing Caravan of Migrants at U.S. Border," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border. Daniel González, azcentral, "Sessions sends more prosecutors, judges to border in wake of migrant caravan," 2 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)

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

caravan

noun
car·a·van | \ ˈker-ə-ˌvan \

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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