Definition of caravan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkærəvæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəvæn//
    Holiday accommodation, Types of vehicle, Camping, Types of home
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  1. 1(British English) (North American English camper) a road vehicle without an engine that is pulled by a car, designed for people to live and sleep in, especially when they are on holiday/vacation a caravan site/park See related entries: Holiday accommodation, Types of vehicle, Camping, Types of home
  2. 2(British English) a covered vehicle that is pulled by a horse and used for living in a Gypsy caravan See related entries: Types of home
  3. 3a group of people with vehicles or animals who are travelling together, especially across the desert
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in sense (3)): from French caravane, from Persian kārwān. The sense ‘covered horse-drawn wagon’ dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples The local farmer lets holiday caravans park on his land. a caravan of trucks/​cars/​vehicles The caravan of cars and trucks moved up the highway. The caravan travelled slowly eastwards. The supply caravan failed to reach the camp. They travelled by horse and camel caravan.
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