Caravan

Car"a*van

(kr"*vn or kr**vn"; 277), n. [F. caravane (cf. Sp. caravana), fr. Per. karwn 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.
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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.
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3. A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into van.
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