a group of travelers, as merchants or pilgrims, journeying together for safety in passing through deserts, hostile territory, etc.
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.
a large covered vehicle for conveying passengers, goods, a sideshow, etc.; van.
Chiefly British. a house on wheels; trailer.
to carry in or as if in a caravan: Trucks caravaned food and medical supplies to the flood's survivors.
to travel in or as if in a caravan: They caravaned through Egypt.
- car·a·van·ist, noun
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How to use caravan in a sentence
The event included a caravan of cars and other vehicles decorated with LGBTQ Pride related signs or ornaments that traveled across the city.
After the poetry and the prayers, a caravan of cars drove past JaMarcus’ childhood home, his elementary school, the church where he was married, to a cemetery, tucked into a forest, where his parents were buried.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way | by Lizzie Presser | December 15, 2020 | ProPublica
After checking in, you will make your way to each designated checkpoint, as part of a caravan of vehicles.
No child dreams of fleeing north in a migrant caravan, growing up to become a cartel hit man, or collecting “rent” for a street gang.U.S. policies created the border and drug crises—and can end them | jakemeth | September 24, 2020 | Fortune
Border closures have scuttled the constant caravans of interior design and luxury fashion shows in Milan, London, New York, and Paris.Sweatpants craze and DIY patios: What the pandemic has taught design-led businesses—so far | claychandler | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
A caravan of trams stuck in the middle of the medieval city waited in line for the protest to end.
On May 13, 2014, a pickup truck approached a caravan of white vans moving on a road near Baqubah, east of Baghdad, in Iraq.
I met a girl on holiday in a caravan park—which you guys call a trailer park—and she was from Northern Ireland.Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy on 'Eleanor Rigby,' First Heartbreak, and Robin Williams | Marlow Stern | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The caravan was carrying humanitarian aid, Russian authorities said.Russia's Suspicious Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine Separatists | Anna Nemtsova | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The progress of the caravan of SUVs and buses ferrying the embassy staff out to Tunisia was monitored in real-time in Washington.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting | Jamie Dettmer | July 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I decided to go with the caravan into the town because the caravan people knew the shortest way.
No sooner had the caravan reached us than our attention was drawn to the faces of the camels probing the distance.
Toward midday the whole caravan stopped and all the animals were tied under different trees for two or three hours to rest.
Soon a cuckoo called from the distance and in a few moments the caravan was ready to move on.
As the caravan came nearer, David was convinced that he saw before him the owner of the cache and the canine.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for caravan
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
(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
a group of wagons, pack mules, camels, etc, esp travelling in single file
a large covered vehicle, esp a gaily coloured one used by Romany Gypsies, circuses, etc
(intr) British to travel or have a holiday in a caravan
- caravanning, noun
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