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
Synonyms 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
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.