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 Kaiser, a former Iditarod champion, led his dog team in front of the caravan to send him off in style as Joe made his final journey up the Kuskokwim River. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Beloved Tuluksak musher and community leader Joe Demantle Jr. dies with COVID-19," 5 Feb. 2021 Guatemalan authorities estimated that as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants crossed into Guatemala as part of an effort to form a new caravan to reach the U.S. border. Dudley Althaus,, "Biden’s border plans raise hopes and fears in South Texas," 23 Jan. 2021 For weeks, a call for a new caravan departing Jan. 15 has circulated on social networks. Fox News, "Migrant caravan in Honduras on the move in uncertain times," 16 Jan. 2021 For weeks, a call for a new caravan departing Jan. 15 has circulated on social networks. MarÍa Verza, Star Tribune, "Honduran migrants head for Guatemala border as police wait," 14 Jan. 2021 Videos of a caravan of gun-toting demonstrators led by Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones circulated on social media late Thursday as the group made its way north through Richmond. Washington Post, "D.C. braces for rallies by Trump supporters who falsely claim he won election," 14 Nov. 2020 And other Día de los Muertos community events are popping up, as well, in public gardens, libraries, video presentations and through a Day of the Dead caravan on Nov. 1 to protest the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Day of the Dead takes on deeper meaning during the pandemic as Latinos honor lost lives," 30 Oct. 2020 The small caravan of vehicles wound its way up the North Shore as Ero and Colleen glided through the woods. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Minnesotan joins his mom in Beargrease Marathon: 'She just told me to race my own race'," 5 Feb. 2021 Earlier this week, soldiers and police wielding batons in Guatemala clashed with members of an immigration caravan bound for the United States after some 8,000 Hondurans crossed into Guatemala, preventing most of them from moving forward. Vernon Jones, Fox News, "Mexico calls on Biden to fix immigration status of Mexican nationals," 21 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, to end her fast, Wright will lead another protest — a car caravan that will begin and end at City Manager Erik Walsh’s alma maters. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: San Antonio hunger striker to end fast with strike on city manager," 13 Feb. 2021 Rangers Willie Calhoun and Nick Solak recently joined the Rangers Hot Stove on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] as part of the Rangers’ virtual winter caravan to discuss the upcoming season. Dallas News, "Willie Calhoun and Nick Solak discuss preparing for new, bigger roles with Rangers in 2021," 29 Jan. 2021 In addition, Detroit Will Breathe and SHIFT held a Jan. 19 car caravan outside the Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens, where the county prosecutor's office is located. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit dismisses dozens of tickets from police brutality protests during summer," 27 Jan. 2021 Meade’s associate pastor, Paul Moore, met parishioners, resolved to cancel services and instead caravan to the Southwest Freewill Baptist Church in Columbus, where Meade’s father, John, is pastor. Washington Post, "A Black man’s killing by the police exposes Ohio congregations’ bitterly opposing interpretations of faith and justice," 23 Nov. 2020 The presidential campaign team for Joe Biden asked him to give a pep talk before a car caravan with more than 100 vehicles that weaved through Grosse Pointe and parts of Detroit in mid-October. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Former Mich. Gov. Jim Blanchard available on speed dial 24/7 to key politicians," 28 Oct. 2020 The bus-caravan victory lap could become the NFL version of the bat flip. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders put the thrill back in bus travel. Is caravan victory lap the NFL’s batflip?," 21 Nov. 2020 Jones' website InfoWars announced plans to lead a cross-country caravan to the march through Houston and Austin, Texas; Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Atlanta; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Trump supporters plan rallies in Washington DC, experts warn extremists may attend," 13 Nov. 2020 Harshwinder Kaur, 26, a law student, helped coordinate a weekend caravan in Denver that brought out more than 250 vehicles. Claire Wang, NBC News, "For many Sikh Americans, India's new farm laws hit close to home," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Caravan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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