[ kar-uh-van ]
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  1. a group of travelers, as merchants or pilgrims, journeying together for safety in passing through deserts, hostile territory, etc.

  2. any group traveling in or as if in a caravan and using a specific mode of transportation, as pack animals or motor vehicles: a caravan of trucks; a camel caravan.

  1. a large covered vehicle for conveying passengers, goods, a sideshow, etc.; van.

  2. Chiefly British. a house on wheels; trailer.

verb (used with object),car·a·vaned or car·a·vanned, car·a·van·ing or car·a·van·ning.
  1. to carry in or as if in a caravan: Trucks caravaned food and medical supplies to the flood's survivors.

verb (used without object),car·a·vaned or car·a·vanned, car·a·van·ing or car·a·van·ning.
  1. to travel in or as if in a caravan: They caravaned through Egypt.

Origin of caravan

1590–1600; earlier carovan<Italian carovana<Persian kārwān

Other words for caravan

Other words from caravan

  • car·a·van·ist, noun

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How to use caravan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for caravan


/ (ˈkærəˌvæn) /

    • a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived in: US and Canadian name: trailer

    • (as modifier): a caravan site

  1. (esp in some parts of Asia and Africa) a company of traders or other travellers journeying together, often with a train of camels, through the desert

  1. a group of wagons, pack mules, camels, etc, esp travelling in single file

  2. a large covered vehicle, esp a gaily coloured one used by Romany Gypsies, circuses, etc

verb-vans, -vanning or -vanned
  1. (intr) British to travel or have a holiday in a caravan

Origin of caravan

C16: from Italian caravana, from Persian kārwān

Derived forms of caravan

  • caravanning, noun

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