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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police from agencies across Greater Hartford and Massachusetts led a caravan to Hartford to help with the event, where 100 recipients were given a free set of wheels and backpacks, toiletries, snacks and drinks. Rebecca Lurye,, 27 May 2021 Authorities in Los Angeles, meanwhile, were investigating a pair of incidents, both of which involved a caravan of vehicles, this week as possible antisemitic hate crimes. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 But get closer and the bumps form a caravan of living creatures, all doing their best to climb to safety in the branches above. Eric Niiler, Wired, 21 May 2021 Police are also probing an incident caught on security video the night before in which an Orthodox Jewish man is seen being chased through a parking lot by a caravan of people waving Palestinian flags. CBS News, 20 May 2021 Larry Harris of Arizona was arrested Monday after allegedly following a caravan of National Guardsmen en route to Matador, Texas to deliver a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. Dan Carson, Chron, 23 Mar. 2021 Following the tour, Longoria Bastón, with Cooper riding shotgun, led a caravan from the facility to visit three Food Bank clients who’d been hurriedly advised of her visit in advance. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Feb. 2021 Video shows the caravan of supporters surrounding the bus with their vehicles in Texas. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2020 Sahid recently led a Sunday-morning caravan of Biden enthusiasts through downtown Miami. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The car caravan traveled the borders of Oak Park along North Avenue, Austin Boulevard, Roosevelt Road and Harlem Avenue. Steve Schering,, 26 May 2021 Sarno estimated there were a few thousand loyal Campingites who donated to Family Radio, volunteered to caravan across the country and helped spread the word. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Organizers recommend that participants caravan or carpool and bring water, snacks and masks., 2 Apr. 2021 Danielson, 38, a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, was gunned down after a pro-Trump car caravan wound through the city. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 Social media posts connected to the group indicated their intention to prevent the Freedom Rally caravan from meeting at the state capitol. Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2021 The bus caravan carrying San Diego State turned left Saturday morning. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2021 Members of the organization Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) are describing Saturday's car caravan in Lansing as a funeral procession to honor those who have died behind bars. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Dec. 2020 The union is organizing a car caravan for Sunday to demand changes to the daily schedule, which is separate from the formal agreement. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Caravan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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



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

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


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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