What does caravan mean?

Definitions for caravan
ˈkær əˌvæncar·a·van

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caravan, train, wagon trainnoun

    a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file

    "we were part of a caravan of almost a thousand camels"; "they joined the wagon train for safety"

  2. van, caravanverb

    a camper equipped with living quarters

  3. caravanverb

    travel in a caravan


  1. caravannoun

    A convoy or procession of travelers, their vehicles and cargo, and any pack animals, especially camels crossing a desert.

  2. caravannoun

    A furnished vehicle towed behind a car, etc., and used as a dwelling when stationary.

  3. caravanverb

    To travel in a caravan (procession).

    The wedding party got in their cars and caravaned from the chapel to the reception hall.

  4. caravanverb

    To travel and/or live in a caravan (vehicle).

    When my parents retired they really got back into caravanning.

  5. Etymology: From کاروان. The word was used to designate a group of people who were traveling by camel or horse on the silk road.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CARAVANnoun

    A troop or body of merchants or pilgrims, as they travel in the East.

    Etymology: caravanne, Fr. from the Arabick.

    Set forth
    Their airy caravan, high over seas
    Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing
    Easing their flight. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii. c. 428.

    When Joseph, and the Blessed Virgin Mother, had lost their most holy Son, they sought him in the retinues of their kindred, and the caravans of the Galilæan pilgrims. Taylor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caravannoun

    a company of travelers, pilgrims, or merchants, organized and equipped for a long journey, or marching or traveling together, esp. through deserts and countries infested by robbers or hostile tribes, as in Asia or Africa

  2. Caravannoun

    a large, covered wagon, or a train of such wagons, for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition; an itinerant show, as of wild beasts

  3. Caravannoun

    a covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into van

  4. Etymology: [F. caravane (cf. Sp. caravana), fr. Per. karwn a caravan (in sense 1). Cf. Van a wagon.]


  1. Caravan

    Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan. Caravan rose to success over a period of several years from 1968 onwards into the 1970s as part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock and jazz to create a distinctive sound like their contemporaries Soft Machine. Caravan still remains active as a live band in the 21st century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caravan

    kar′a-van, n. a company of travellers associated together for security in crossing the deserts in the East: a company of people: a large close carriage, or any kind of house on wheels.—ns. Caravaneer′, the leader of a caravan; Caravan′sary, Caravan′sera, a kind of unfurnished inn where caravans stop. [Pers. kārwānsarāīkārwān, caravan, sarāi, inn.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'caravan' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2292

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'caravan' in Nouns Frequency: #2545

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caravan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caravan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of caravan in a Sentence

  1. Sanchez Cordero:

    We have information that a new caravan is forming in Honduras, that theyre calling the mother of all caravans, and they are thinking it could have more than 20,000 people.

  2. Don Lemon:

    Lets talk about his imaginary Latin-American migrant conspiracy, this is part of a long history of him making things up about the caravan and the border crisis.

  3. Lance Armstrong:

    Why am I not welcome ? Because I'm Lance Armstrong ? If that were the rule, the caravan would almost be empty, i don't mean the riders in Le Tour, but in the press room, the commentary boxes, team cars.

  4. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally, a sovereign nation that cannot—or worse, chooses not—to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.

  5. Mike Pence:

    At the President's direction I spoke with President Hernandez of Honduras. He told me that the caravan that is now making its way through Mexico headed for the southern border was organized by leftist organizations and financed by Venezuela, and the Democrats maybe ?

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. busy
    • B. cosmopolitan
    • C. alternate
    • D. handsome

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