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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caravan  \Car"a*van\  (k[a^]r"[.a]*v[a^]n  or  k[a^]r*[.a]*v[a^]n"; 
  277),  n.  [F.  caravane  (cf.  Sp  caravana),  fr  Per.  karw[=a]n 
  a  caravan  (in  sense  1).  Cf  {Van}  a  wagon.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  large  covered  wagon,  or  a  train  of  such  wagons,  for 
  conveying  wild  beasts,  etc.,  for  exhibition;  an  itinerant 
  show  as  of  wild  beasts. 
 
  3.  A  covered  vehicle  for  carrying  passengers  or  for  moving 
  furniture,  etc.;  --  sometimes  shorted  into  van. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caravan 
  n  1:  a  procession  (of  wagons  or  mules  or  camels)  traveling 
  together  in  single  file;  "we  were  part  of  a  caravan  of 
  almost  a  thousand  camels";  "they  joined  the  wagon  train 
  for  safety"  [syn:  {train},  {wagon  train}] 
  2:  (British)  a  trailer  equipped  with  living  quarters  [syn:  {van}] 




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