a group of travelers, as merchants or pilgrims, journeying together for safety in passing through deserts, hostile territory, etc.
any group traveling in or as if in a caravan and using a specific mode of transportation, as pack animals or motor vehicles:
a caravan of trucks; a camel caravan.
a large covered vehicle for conveying passengers, goods, a sideshow, etc.; van.
Chiefly British. a house on wheels; trailer.
to carry in or as if in a caravan:
Trucks caravaned food and medical supplies to the flood’s survivors.
to travel in or as if in a caravan:
They caravaned through Egypt.
This caravanning was a subject of enthralling interest to both of us.
Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan Frances Halton Eva Hasell
It was a delightfully free and unconventional life, almost like camping or caravanning.
Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
a large enclosed vehicle capable of being pulled by a car or lorry and equipped to be lived in US and Canadian name trailer
(as modifier): a caravan site
(esp in some parts of Asia and Africa) a company of traders or other travellers journeying together, often with a train of camels, through the desert
a group of wagons, pack mules, camels, etc, esp travelling in single file
a large covered vehicle, esp a gaily coloured one used by Romany Gypsies, circuses, etc
verb -vans, -vanning, -vanned
(intransitive) (Brit) to travel or have a holiday in a 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.
(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans. any large inn or hotel. Historical Examples I’ll send a letter to Hazael, the Essene, and after having delivered the message they can remain at the caravanserai in Jericho. The Brook Kerith George Moore The Sultan entered a […]
a small Spanish or Portuguese sailing vessel of the Middle Ages and later, usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts. Historical Examples In this situation, a great number of the enemy boarded the caravel, and used our men very ill . A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. II Robert Kerr In […]
a carburetor. carbohydrate. to eat large quantities of carbohydrates before a major physical exertion in order to store up energy (usually followed by up): Some marathon runners carb up on spaghetti the night before a race. variant of carbo- before a vowel: carbazole. Contemporary Examples This protein and carb combo will help with keep you […]
carbohydrate. to eat large quantities of carbohydrates before a major physical exertion in order to store up energy (usually followed by up): Some marathon runners carb up on spaghetti the night before a race. noun short for carburettor short for carbohydrate n. 1942 as an abbreviation of carburetor; c.2000 as short for carbohydrate. noun Carbohydrate; […]