Definition of caravan in English:


Line breaks: cara|van
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəvan
, karəˈvan


  • 1British A vehicle equipped for living in, typically towed by a car and used for holidays: they spent a fishing holiday in a caravan [as modifier]: a caravan holiday
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    • More than 200 exhibitors will be offering an unrivalled selection of the very latest models of caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes and camping equipment.
    • To anybody who has ever endured a caravan holiday in Ireland, mobile homes will always conjure up images of laminate interiors, chintzy furnishings and Travel Scrabble.
    • It is also estimated that some one-in-three adults have been camping or taken a caravan holiday at some time.
    mobile home, camper, caravanette; North American trailer
    informal van
    British trademark Dormobile
  • 1.1A covered horse-drawn wagon: a Gypsy caravan
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    • But in our case, one must not only build a caravan of gypsy wagons with their own two hands - but make an entire sideshow carnival!
    • With his dog and his young friends he'd set out in his vardo - a horse-drawn gypsy caravan - and end up in the most wonderful, strange and exciting places.
    • As late as the 1930s, the area around the portes d' Italie, Choisy and Ivry was a no-man's land dotted by Gypsy caravans and shacks.
    wagon, covered cart, van
  • 1.2North American A covered lorry.
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    • Our little covered caravan was dwarfed by these new surroundings.
    • At the end of the road stood a canvas covered caravan and beside it a tiny theatre, a miniature stage with a black curtain backdrop.
    • This tiny caravan, organised with military precision, is home to scores of costumes, with an outfit for every cog in the wheel that drives the circus operation.
  • 2 historical A group of people, especially traders or pilgrims, travelling together across a desert in Asia or North Africa.
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    • It is believed that the dogs got their name from travelling with caravans of traders.
    • The caravan of desert travelers came over the ridges of sand, marching ceaselessly under the blazing yellow sun.
    • In older books I found tales of desert caravans, raids by Bedouin clans, near starvation, and hard-won spiritual enlightenment.
  • 2.1Any large group of people, typically with vehicles or animals, travelling together in single file: a caravan of cars and trucks
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    • The entire entourage was traveling across a long dirt road, like a caravan, with animals and performers and equipment and everything in tow.
    • Then I heard cars, and I turned to see a caravan of vehicles pulling up behind mine.
    • What they're going to do about it: First, they're going to drive very slowly to Ottawa in a caravan involving dozens of cars.
    convoy, procession, column, train, cavalcade, fleet, cortège, company, troop, band, group, assemblage


late 15th century (in sense 2): from French caravane, from Persian kārwān. The sense 'covered horse-drawn wagon' dates from the early 19th century.

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