verb (used with object), car·a·vaned or car·a·vanned, car·a·van·ing or car·a·van·ning.
verb (used without object), car·a·vaned or car·a·vanned, car·a·van·ing or car·a·van·ning.
Origin of caravan
Examples from the Web for caravan
A caravan of trams stuck in the middle of the medieval city waited in line for the protest to end.
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|DAILY BEAST
The caravan was carrying humanitarian aid, Russian authorities said.Russia's Suspicious Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine Separatists|Anna Nemtsova|August 12, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
A caravan from Windsor, Ontario across the river recently delivered a couple of hundred gallons to needy customers.Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions|Mary M. Chapman|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sabbata however traveled not by water, but by land, by way of Hebron and Gaza, probably joining a caravan through the desert.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
Then I visited Hlaje Tsering with the corner pillars of my caravan.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
Further on we caught up with a caravan of travelling merchants with their camels and pack-horses.At the Court of the Amr|John Alfred Gray
Somehow, in spite of the reception given the caravan, he was uneasy.The Weakling|Everett B. Cole
Perhaps no caravan had more success than ours during the first month of the journey.Lillian Morris, and Other Stories|Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for caravan
- a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived inUS and Canadian name: trailer
- (as modifier)a caravan site
verb -vans, -vanning or -vanned
Word Origin for caravan
Word Origin and History for caravan
1580s, from Middle French caravane, from Old French carvane, carevane "caravan" (13c.), or Medieval Latin caravana, picked up during the Crusades from Persian karwan "group of desert travelers" (which Klein connects to Sanskrit karabhah "camel"). Used in English for "vehicle" 17c., especially for a covered cart. Hence, in modern British use (from 1930s), often a rough equivalent of the U.S. mobile home.