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  • 1British A vehicle equipped for living in, typically a trailer towed by a car and used when traveling for recreation.

    as modifier ‘a caravan holiday’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we went for a caravan holiday in France I put in some overtime to help pay for it.’
    • ‘Sitting relaxed in his small study, planning a family caravan holiday in Northumberland, he looks now to be doing pretty well.’
    • ‘While caravan holidays were once considered to be a cheap and cheerful option, customers now have the option of luxury lodges.’
    • ‘In essence, therefore, what the appellants provide their customers with is a place to keep their caravans for holiday use and not permanent residential use.’
    • ‘The area is ideal for people who want a safe caravan holiday.’
    • ‘THE 30,000 visitors who poured into Manchester's G-Mex centre for the caravan and holiday home show proved caravans have a big future.’
    • ‘Many of the quaint cottages, holiday chalets and holiday caravans are now occupied right through the year, either by their owners or by people who hire them for an ‘out-of-season break’.’
    • ‘MOST OF my childhood holidays were spent in caravans.’
    • ‘A bid to use more land at a Walton holiday park to site caravans on has been given the thumbs-down by town councillors after protests from nearby residents.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a picture of Cayton Bay, taken at about the same time, shows line after line of caravans as the seaside holiday enjoyed its heyday.’
    • ‘It was after that two-week family holiday in their caravan, which Rose adored, that Stephen and Susan were told the terrible news that nothing more could be done.’
    • ‘The couple still managed to enjoy their holiday in their battered caravan but are now waiting to have the side replaced, at a cost of some £2,000.’
    • ‘We'll be staying in a caravan at Summer Fields Holiday Village.’
    • ‘When I was a lad we always had a two week holiday with our caravan.’
    • ‘Now with her free time she has one holiday planned and intends to go on regular holidays in a new caravan.’
    • ‘The Windermere site features 300 touring pitches and more than 70 caravan holiday homes, as well as facilities for backpackers.’
    mobile home, camper, caravanette
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    1. 1.1A covered horse-drawn wagon.
      ‘She borrowed some money to buy a horse-drawn caravan and commenced a two-year journey northwards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We rode in the woods where gypsies lived in bright caravans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had some difficulty getting anywhere near the town centre because this is May Fair week and the centre is filled with funfair machines and gypsy caravans.’
      • ‘He is outraged that his blueprint for a gypsy site with seven caravans, a stable and a toilet block on land at Out Moss Lane has been thrown out.’
      • ‘Peter started building gypsy caravans as a boy and though now in his sixties he still makes, repairs and paints them.’
      • ‘Henley Compact Offices are quirky sheds with curved roofs redolent of gypsy caravans.’
      • ‘With another lottery grant Kyle purchased the equipment she had been renting, and a big black light-proof canvas tent which she stretches over benders in the shape of a gypsy caravan.’
      • ‘The charms included a pair of riding boots, a pair of rugby boots signifying when their son played his first game, a little church, a telephone kiosk and a gypsy caravan.’
      • ‘He toyed with the idea of a gypsy caravan until he noticed that the proportions of the door were perfect to make it into a stable - complete with horse, of course.’
      • ‘He was quite hungry anyway, so he followed the woman outside into the centre of the ring of caravans where the gypsies were all seated.’
      wagon, covered cart, van
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    2. 1.2North American A covered truck; a van.
  • 2 historical A group of people, especially traders or pilgrims, traveling together across a desert in Asia or North Africa.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘One can still see camel caravans head to the desert and bring back slabs of salt, a round-trip that would last almost a month, crossing the unforgiving Sahara.’
    • ‘We had been told that the Bedou could live on this diet for many days as they plodded across the desert with their caravans of laden dromedaries.’
    • ‘His idea was to raid the pilgrim caravans at sea and in their ports, and even possibly to raid Mecca itself.’
    • ‘As a result, rumors of untold riches abound among the various bandit gangs that cruise the region in their custom-built battle cars, fighting and plundering trade caravans.’
    • ‘Djibouti, which has a good natural harbor and ready access to the Ethiopian highlands, attracted trade caravans crossing East Africa as well as Somali settlers from the south.’
    • ‘Thieving guilds and merchant caravans thrive across Valencia, bringing in great profits to our clan, however we do it admit it is unfortunate that we must resort to such measures to make a living.’
    • ‘Over this 1,800-mile trail came yearly caravans carrying not only tools, seeds, and other worldly goods, but also news of the outside world.’
    • ‘We suffer hyperthermia in the Sahara if we don't have shelter from the heat, and hypothermia in the Arctic if we don't have boatloads of clothing and caravans of food.’
    • ‘Word of the venture spread among the miners, who at first could not fathom camels lumbering into their camps, but Laumeister made the caravans a familiar sight.’
    • ‘They ended Tuareg trade activities, including the collection of tariffs and the protection services for camel caravans crossing the Sahara.’
    • ‘Well-established villages that also served as trading centers for caravans, such as Kologelo and Mloka, had by then been abandoned.’
    • ‘For another, the route the caravans took on their way to the slave ships passed through the capital, allowing Afonso to tax and regulate the trade.’
    • ‘With the downfall of the Mughal Empire in the mid 1700s, commerce shifted to the sea ports, and the age of camel caravans drew to a close.’
    • ‘Attacks on trading caravans and outposts had dropped radically, as well as the raids on the outlying farmsteads and towns of the region.’
    • ‘Camel caravans also bring grain that is used to make bread.’
    • ‘Irineo has driven llama caravans since he was 12, save for two or three years spent in school, and would not do anything else.’
    1. 2.1Any large group of people, typically with vehicles or animals, traveling together in single file.
      ‘a caravan of cars and trucks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As well, a caravan of vehicles had driven slowly towards Toronto from both eastern and western Ontario, clogging traffic on Highway 401.’
      • ‘You didn't join a caravan of vehicles fleeing down after the chemical attack at the Mall of America, trying to make Fargo by nightfall.’
      • ‘He crossed into southern Iraq from Kuwait about midday in a caravan of sport utility vehicles accompanied by Iraqi police and national guardsmen.’
      • ‘I give the car a bit more gas, accelerate past a caravan of station wagons.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, rescue workers continue to meet at the center every day at 6 a.m. to pile into a caravan of pickup trucks.’
      • ‘They organized bus caravans Aug. 31 to take the arrivals to Metairie, 16 miles away, where a food and water distribution center had been set up.’
      • ‘These new suffragists took to the streets, organizing mass parades, automobile caravans, and soapbox speaking.’
      • ‘In 2003, Funny Cide brought his owners to the big track in their caravan of yellow school buses.’
      • ‘It was to be found in the caravan of news vans that followed the Harrison tour.’
      • ‘He had led a caravan of three automobiles to buy food for the troops when he came upon a band of Villistas.’
      • ‘The candidates are neck and neck in the polls, and often seem to be running for president of Ohio, as their bus caravans nearly cross each other's paths.’
      • ‘The caravan of RV's trucked down Orcas and invaded the quiet cove on East Sound bay where the resort is nestled.’
      • ‘He's leaving a caravan of buses bringing 600 New Orleans buses back to the city.’
      • ‘You have been covering the governor's bus caravan with nearly 200 reporters.’
      • ‘Festivities are marked by caravans of automobiles flying flags and blaring horns.’
      • ‘It had been threatening to pour for the two days before and day since the departure of the small caravan of people.’
      • ‘Along the ground a caravan of ground crew and volunteers zips along to meet the group at the next rest stop.’
      convoy, procession, column, train, cavalcade, fleet, cortège, company, troop, band, group, assemblage
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/ˈkerəˌvan/ /ˈkɛrəˌvæn/


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