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


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


a funeral caravan slowly making its way down the street bought a caravan and drove cross-country to California


We caravaned to the campsite.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hernandez presented herself to U.S. border officers at the San Ysidro port of entry on May 9 and asked for asylum, after traveling with the caravan more than 2,000 miles, the group said in a statement. Daniel González, azcentral, "Transgender woman from migrant caravan dies in ICE custody," 30 May 2018 Now, in the latest case of the caravan, those folks weren`t from Mexico. Fox News, "Rep. Crowley: Republicans bankrupt when it comes to ideas," 17 May 2018 To draw attention to the issue in 1992, Mr. Paige organized a caravan of farmers to descend on Washington for a protest rally. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Ralph Paige, Champion of Black Farmers, Dies at 74," 6 July 2018 Shortly after their arrival to the border, the caravan's plan was quickly thwarted by President Donald Trump and his administration. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Here's How the Women Behind the 'Families Belong Together' March Pulled off More Than 700 Protests," 3 July 2018 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,, "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,, "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,, "Central American asylum seekers are denied US entry for 2nd day," 30 Apr. 2018

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 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,, "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

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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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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)

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


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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