American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A company of travelers journeying together, as across a desert or through hostile territory.
- n. A single file of vehicles or pack animals.
- n. A large covered vehicle; a van.
- n. Chiefly British A trailer or dwelling place on wheels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A company of travelers, pilgrims, or merchants, in many parts of Asia and Africa, who associate together that they may travel with greater security, especially through deserts or regions infested by robbers. Nearly all commerce in these countries was formerly carried on by caravans, using camels chiefly for transportation; and they are still numerous, though largely superseded by other methods.
- n. Figuratively, any large number of persons traveling together, especially when moving slowly or with much baggage; poetically, any large number of persons, or even animals, considered as traveling together to a common destination.
- n. A large covered carriage used for conveying passengers, or a company of people traveling together, or a traveling exhibition or show; hence, any large covered wagon or cart for travel or transport: often abbreviated to van.
- n. A number of vessels or barks in company, or an expedition with such vessels.
- n. A hood with hoops or springs of whalebone and an adjustable veil for the face.
- n. A convoy or procession of travelers, their vehicles and cargo, and any pack animals, especially camels crossing a desert.
- n. UK, Australia, New Zealand A furnished vehicle towed behind a car, etc., and used as a dwelling when stationary.
- v. To travel in a caravan (procession).
- v. UK, Australia To travel and/or live in a caravan (vehicle).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. A large, covered wagon, or a train of such wagons, for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition; an itinerant show, as of wild beasts.
- n. A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into
- v. travel in a caravan
- n. a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file
- n. a camper equipped with living quarters
- From Persian کاروان (kârvân). The word was used to designate a group of people who were traveling by camel or horse on the silk road. (Wiktionary)
- French caravane or Italian carovana, both from Persian kārvān. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Borrowing the term caravan as descriptive of the march, they established markets at all convenient places.”
“Being shot in the caravan is always painful … … on December 1, 2009 at 8: 05 pm I'm Also Clouseau”
“New York Fashion Week has come and gone but the slow fashion Alabama Chanin caravan just keeps on rolling between ‘The Factory’ in Florence, Alabama to Birmingham, Nashville, and back to NYC again this April.”
“Watch out, the caravan is coming to a fhalt, I hope Clinton doesn't fall off, Even if she does, It doesn't matter since the Caravan has already come to a final halt.”
“The entire caravan from the church to the reception was made up of Gran Torinos.”
“I added, ‘The caravan is about to start for Cairo and I wish to return to my people.’”
“We all imagine Beckett to be that vanner and would like to set her up as the target of one of those Top Gear stunts where a caravan is destroyed by interesting technical means.”
“Soon his caravan is trailed by thousands of armless and legless disciples, living in tents, begging for food, waiting patiently for another turn in the operating room with Dr. Phyllis.”
“Sometimes, when the east wind is full of meditative savagery, one almost fancies that a hot odour may have travelled in its caravan from the heart of China, bringing us a message from the spice trees of Kwangtung.”
“So the word caravan is to be understood in the Arab sense of the word.”
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